So in general, I’ve never considered myself one of those “let me speak to your manager” type of people. However, having read some of your stuff, I’ve started to feel like certain “expenses” are really just going straight to the pockets of big businesses. ANYWAY. Here’s the crux of the story. So dealing with this new house purchase, I’ve had a couple issues with my apartment complex.
1) I needed to extend my lease by 1 month and
2) I had to get the apartment complex to sign on that I had actually lived there and been a good tenant.
Well, I knew that issue #1 might cost me some money, but I didn’t think too much. So I went into the office to speak with the “official concierge” who proceeded to tell me that I was in for a $400 dollar upcharge on ONE month (which equates to a 57% premium!) Anyway, I told her that I thought that was ludicrous, but I was willing to pay part of the fee ($100). She said that was impossible and so I told her that I would rather speak to the manager. Next day, I walked in, and I don’t know if the manager had been pre-warned, but as soon as I mentioned the rental situation, she said, “oh, no problem, we can extend your rent for a month and we’ll just keep the rent fee at the same price. We’ll just go in and change the books to look like you had a 7 month lease instead of a 6 month one”. =)
Item #2: I had to have 2 forms signed which said I’d been a resident (part the credit assessment done by the bank). I filled out everything except for the apartment’s signature line and went in yesterday to the same concierge, told me that there is a $25 fee for “rent verification” a.k.a. a FREAKIN SIGNATURE! At that point, I was like, “So since I have two of the same form, is that $50?” And she replied, “No, just $25”. At that point, I felt like it might be negotiable. SO I went into the assistant manager’s office, talked to him for a few minutes, and walked out, rent verified, and NOT out of $25 bucks. =)
Total Savings: $425.
$425 for 5 minutes of sacking up….equals about $8500/hour. Unbeatable. With most negotiations (job offer, car price, rent deal, VC funding, whatever), you have no downside and only huge, huge upside. That’s my kind of bet.
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