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Old 08-19-2020, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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I would think you have a very low chance of getting a rent reduction if you plan to leave in just a couple months, but I could be wrong.

I'm also a bit paranoid myself and would worry that it may result in a pissed off landlord who searches for reasons to keep the security deposit in retaliation (but that also goes to show how much trust I have in most landlords).

I think most would not be 'pissed off if presented with a reasonable request. They can decline the request, make a counter offer or agree to the request as presented.
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Old 08-19-2020, 09:19 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I live in a high rise condo in Rincon Hill area. Rents in the building have gone down by 20%. We are not able to use any amenities for last 5 months. I understand its a pandemic and has nothing to do for the Landlord. However I think they may be saving some HoA fees due to amenity usage reduction. Not really sure.

Have any of you negotiated rent with landlord while the lease is in progress? Just curious if I should do too.
Condos, as a whole, are more desirable than apartments. I assume by 'landlord', you mean the rightful owner of the condo you are renting; and as such, there's really no incentive for the owner to renegotiate a lease in progress (particularly one in which you aren't paying the HOA fee). That said, simply sign a new, negotiated lease upon renewal in a few months (two months is hardly worth the effort) - or go elsewhere if you aren't happy.

Additionally, included in the HOA fees for most high-rise condos are such things as water, gas, garbage, a doorman, and secured parking to room service, insurance, private elevator access and so on (depending upon which building). It really has nothing to do with the pandemic, other than the gym (which is often separate regardless) and pools.

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I'm also a bit paranoid myself and would worry that it may result in a pissed off landlord who searches for reasons to keep the security deposit in retaliation (but that also goes to show how much trust I have in most landlords).
The landlord can't keep the security deposit if OP has met the terms of the contract.
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Old 08-20-2020, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/...n-15493882.php
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Old 08-31-2020, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Richmond, CA
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Here is another article on this topic: https://www.sfgate.com/living-in-sf/...s-15458824.php
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Old 09-03-2020, 12:36 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Here is another article on this topic: https://www.sfgate.com/living-in-sf/...s-15458824.php
There's a huge difference (in potential outcome) between negotiation relative to job loss/financial difficulty in light of the pandemic vs. the scenario/reasoning OP describes/alleges.
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Old 09-04-2020, 04:48 PM
 
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I would think you have a very low chance of getting a rent reduction if you plan to leave in just a couple months, but I could be wrong.

I'm also a bit paranoid myself and would worry that it may result in a pissed off landlord who searches for reasons to keep the security deposit in retaliation (but that also goes to show how much trust I have in most landlords).
I had this same thought about security deposit and decided to eat this up. It is just 2 months more. Now thinking about getting out of bay for few months since its remote work until mid 2021

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.
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Old 09-08-2020, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Richmond, CA
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I had this same thought about security deposit and decided to eat this up. It is just 2 months more. Now thinking about getting out of bay for few months since its remote work until mid 2021
If you have that flexibility, by all means! I have friends who have decided to work remote in Arizona and Colorado. I can't blame them! Just be sure to look into any tax implications if you move out of state.
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