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Brandon, Home Buyer in Brooklyn, NY

Would it be unreasonable to ask for a 6 month lease? In addition if I offered to prepay the 6 months could I negotiate a lower monthly rental.

Asked by Brandon, Brooklyn, NY Fri May 7, 2010

I've seen a few apt for 1200 but I would like to offer to pay 1000 a month if I prepaid the 6 months

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Good morning Brandon,

If you're working with an experienced, local, rental agent, you may find more options available to you. I’m no real estate agent, just a humble Mortgage Banker, but I can give you some guidance on your search for the right rental apartment.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 21, 2013
Brandon I have rental properties in Ohio and if someone wants less than a one year lease I charge a 10% premium. If you are looking to prepay 6 months on a 6 month lease you may be able to work out a samr price. At this time of the year I doubt if I would do a 6 month now as the property would become vacant Dec 1 and that is a bad time for me to fill a vacancy.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 23, 2010
HI Brandon,

You Can ask for a 6 month lease, but whether the owner can take it is up in the air. First off, the rental market in Riverdale is very tight. Even in North Riverdale, so that the landlords can usually determine the length of the lease term pretty easily. Last year rentals were easier to come by and landlords were more negotiable. If the rental is in a house you have the best shot of negotiating the lease term because it is a small privately owned rental. If it is in a co-op you have the least amount of leeway negotiating the term because the co-op board will not want transients. If the rental is in a rental building, they will not want anything shorter than one year and they do not have to budge, because they are looking at the bigger picture of rent roll and when leases are commencing and when they are expiring. looking for a renter is more expensive than having a good tenant and they are usually willing to wait for a good long term tenant.

I hope that helps,

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 23, 2010
There is a saying.....everything is negotiable.........
most landlords would be happy to get the six months upfront. And in most cases the rent is negotiable, for example, if the rent for a one bedroom is going for one thousand dollars and you have a good job, good credit, the landlord would rent it to you for nine hundred and fifty. I always say if you have up front money go ahead and negotiate you have nothing to loose...good luck!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 8, 2010

Need a NY licensee to weigh in on the subject of prepayment of rent. Some state (NJ does) have laws that limit rent prepayments. I don't know about NY...just suggesting that you want to find out about that since it could affect your strategy.

Perhaps a NY agent can weigh in on this.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 7, 2010
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
Brandon - everything is up for grabs - the lease term and the rent amount.
Asking the landlord to reduce the rent by over 15% is asking for a lot..........but you have nothing to lose by asking...........You might find more resistance to the 6 months if the landlord is looking for1 year or more again.......try it and see.....

Decide which is more important to you........the shorter term or lower amount - you might have to give one up in order to get the other! may get neither!

Let us know how it turns out.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 7, 2010

As it is more common to sign a minimal 1 year lease; it is not uncommon or unheard of to have a lease ranging from 6 months to 2 or 3 years. No matter the term (length) of the lease, one thing the landlord or rental management company will be looking for is a good credit rating. I would say "Go For It!"

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 7, 2010
Offer it and see what happens....worst thing is they say no.

I say go for it.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 7, 2010
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