You can always try, but you should make sure you do your homework first and, as Troy mentioned below, perhaps offer to do an extended term. If you offer a lower amount, you should also have good credit (good credit and steady employment go a long way when a landlord looks at an application). On the homework: how long has the property been on the market? If it's been a short time, chances of negotiating are slimmer unless it's vacant and needs a tenant asap, or you are a great applicant that no one would want to pass on. How is it priced compared to other similar rentals and how does it show compared to other rentals? The more information you have, the better your negotiating will go.