Can I Ask My Landlord to Go 50/50 on New Appliances?

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Q: I have an amazing vintage studio in Seattle. It has incredible built-ins and beautiful flow. Simply put, this is a dream studio apartment and I can see myself living here for a long, long time. The problem is, all the appliances suck! I need to drop the temperature of the stove 100 degrees from the recommended cooking temp, and the fridge is horrible. I don't want to give up my amazing studio for minor flaws. Would it be OK to ask my landlord to go 50/50 on an appliance upgrade if I'm willing to put in writing that I'll leave the appliances here after I move out, and I make sure they work with all the aesthetics of the place?

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