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Timing Is Everything
“Know the market or, at the very least, use an agent who does,” Taylor explains. “In Boston, 80% of apartment rentals are for September 1. If you're looking during off-peak months, or the landlord is weeks away from having a vacant apartment, you can make a compelling case. Dropping the rent $100 per month may not be preferable for a landlord over a 12-month period, but a vacant apartment may cost them more over the course of a month.”