Do You Pay a Fair Amount for Rent?

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A friend of ours did a pretty impressive thing recently: she refused the annual increase in her rent, citing several issues with the unit, alongside noting the state of economy. The owner caved in and she ended up saving a modest, but notable amount...something envious here in Los Angeles where rent is usually the largest cost of living. As one man has put it, sometimes "the rent is too damn high"...
Here's some tips and resources on how to reduce your rent, a very popular topic lately:

Any personal stories or tips about how you negotiated a lower rent before or after you moved in?

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