I’ve mentioned before that Matt and I are beginning to save up for a house. While I’m excited about that goal, we still need to rent our current apartment in the meantime and our lease renewal is right around the corner. I’ve been chatting a lot with neighbors about the new management company in charge of maintaining our development and have picked up some interesting tidbits of information through the grapevine. Management isn’t telling anybody, but as people move out, they are fully renovating each apartment to stay competitive with the luxury apartments that just went up down the street. They’re removing the carpet and putting in new hardwood floors, replacing the countertops and appliances, adding in a beautiful backsplash behind the stoves, and replacing the shelving units in the bathrooms. That’s a lot of upgrades! It got me thinking … well it got me thinking that I want all of those upgrades in my apartment and that it isn’t fair that I’ll be paying the same rent for fewer amenities. Enter negotiation skills. How and when is it appropriate to negotiate rent with your landlord once you’ve been living somewhere for over a year?