No one wants to pay more than they have to in order to live in a place they love. If that’s true of you but you find yourself in intense negotiations with your landlord to try and keep your rent payment low, it can end up being a bruising battle. Fortunately, there are some tried and true methods that you can employ to help these discussions go more smoothly, potentially resulting in a much better outcome.

Live Well

The best way to have civil negotiations with your landlord is to literally start years in advance. In other words, be a good tenant. Consistently paying your rent on time, keeping a low profile so neighbors aren’t complaining about you, and working to keep the area around your apartment clean are all great ways to show that you’re a great tenant who is likely not easily replaced. It’s important, as well, to have some type of rapport with your landlord, if at all possible, so you’re not entering negotiations with a complete stranger.

Prepare Well

The worst thing you can do when entering a negotiation that could affect the landlord’s bottom line is to be unprepared. You can be quite sure your landlord will be prepared with all the reasons that they need to raise your rent, so it’s important that you be prepared with all the reasons they shouldn’t. Take a look at surrounding rental rates, provide figures based on research of local property taxes, basically whatever facts you can find that would support you maintaining your current rent level. At least if the negotiations don’t work out, you’ll have a good idea of an affordable place to move to.

Get Some Help

The breadth of laws regarding the tenant-landlord relationship can be difficult to navigate. If you find yourself having trouble understanding everything that’s out there, bringing on a civil litigation lawyer can be a big help. A civil litigation lawyer can help you understand the laws pertaining to your specific situation as well as understanding the best way to argue your case to your landlord.

Take the High Road

If you’re truly seeking to have a civil negotiation with your landlord, another very important component of that is to actually be civil. Though emotions may be running high, especially with the large amount of money involved, do everything you can to keep your cool and not make things personal. Anger on your part will do nothing except cause your landlord to shut down, effectively negating the benefits of any other preparations you have made.

Have Options

As alluded to above, sometimes negotiations may not work out the way you wanted them to. That’s why it’s important to have a plan of action in place prior to entering negotiations so that you can move quickly in order to secure more affordable housing. Look for alternate housing that’s within your price range, and check for openings to ensure you’ll have a place to go should you need to leave. That way, no matter how the negotiations turn out, you’ll still be on the winning side.

Author's Bio: 

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.