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Do landlords ever negotiate free utilities for apartment rentals?

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Some landlords are open to negotiation regarding rental terms, which can include free utilities. Landlords in charge of small buildings and single apartments are typically easier to negotiate with than large management companies, which often have blanket policies.

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A prospective renter who wants to negotiate with a landlord has a better chance of success if he has a good credit score and proof of sufficient income. The landlord may be more likely to negotiate if the renter can move in immediately. Landlords want to have each unit occupied with tenants who pay rent consistently, so a renter who demonstrates financial responsibility has a better bargaining position. A renter can negotiate by offering to pay several months worth of rent up front or sign a longer lease in exchange for free utilities.

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