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    Quote Originally Posted by SheWarrior View Post
    Haha same... although we have never actually been in a position where we were able to even think about negotiating rent- 2 years ago the house we are in was over $200 more than what we are paying now and there were people lining up for every available house and offering to pay MORE just so they had somewhere to live. We couldnt afford to live in the town anymore so moved north a few hours. To give you an idea on the prices... the house we moved into up north was $500 a week and that was cheap to us. It was crazy.

    I really do love this place. I would buy it in a heart beat if I could. Even if we dont get a decrease in rent, I will happily stay here.
    Sounds like Gladstone lol. We moved back up there when there were some issues with my family thinking that we could stay with SIL while we found a house. Within a month of being there the average rent had gone up by $50 a week and was quickly rising. It just became unrealistic for us to be able to afford a rental so we were stuck at SIL's. We moved here to find cheaper rents, but this place has gone up ever time we have to renew our lease. Now rents have come down dramatically in Gladstone but still a little out of our price range and you actually couldn't pay me to move back there.

    With rents increasing here and the massive increase in electricity prices, we're seriously looking at moving back to Canberra which is a big reason why we'll probably just deal with the price here until December/January.

    Good luck with it all though. I really hope the real estate agent sees sense in it.

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    Things here are still dying, its kind of sad- so many shops especially in the city heart are closing and so many people are continuing to lose their jobs, not just in mining but retail and stuff as well. There is next to no work here, my grandpa said the population is around 30,000 less now (or will be in the next 12-18 months).

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    I have been in that situation. The RE normally jumps on you at the end of a lease to see if you are staying and offer a rent reduction to keep you in the house. If they send you a lease to sign I would ring and say that you would like a price review and see what they come back with.

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    When I did it I wrote a email stating that similar properties rent prices were and ask politely for a decrease.
    You might also want to included that real estate around you are offering 2 to 4 weeks free rent.(so I have been told)

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    Thanks everyone! The house next door is up for rent (only been vacant a few weeks) and has already been reduced in price, and all the other houses on our street that are up for rent are the lower price too so I will definitely use that as reasoning for requesting it. The worst that can happen is they say no.

    And yep @LoveLivesHere, quite a few places are being advertised with 2-4 weeks rent free. A lot of the houses here have been vacant since before we moved here and that was almost 6 months ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunkydunks View Post
    Sounds like Gladstone lol. We moved back up there when there were some issues with my family thinking that we could stay with SIL while we found a house. Within a month of being there the average rent had gone up by $50 a week and was quickly rising. It just became unrealistic for us to be able to afford a rental so we were stuck at SIL's. We moved here to find cheaper rents, but this place has gone up ever time we have to renew our lease. Now rents have come down dramatically in Gladstone but still a little out of our price range and you actually couldn't pay me to move back there.

    With rents increasing here and the massive increase in electricity prices, we're seriously looking at moving back to Canberra which is a big reason why we'll probably just deal with the price here until December/January.

    Good luck with it all though. I really hope the real estate agent sees sense in it.
    Who is your agent in gladdy? Ours was fantastic in decrease and ending our lease when moving! I didn't know you were from there 😝

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    Who is your agent in gladdy? Ours was fantastic in decrease and ending our lease when moving! I didn't know you were from there ������
    We're not in Gladstone anymore. We left when rents were still $600+ for a basic 3 beddy.

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    I would give your property manager info/figures of other properties that are cheaper. Our rent was going up by $10 but we have no aircon. We emailed manager and told him some houses are same price with aircon or $5 more. We asked for aircon but landlord said he couldn't afford it at the moment and that he was wanting to install it sometime this year. He wanted to keep us so put rent up by only $5. I will ask again in June and offer to pay for it if he gives us the equivalent in rent back...as in not pay rent for a month or 2. We really don't want to move as we are settled and we like it here...but if he doesn't agree then we won't hesitate to leave once our lease is up and do month by month till we find something. If we had the financial capacity I'd move every few years as i get bored easily lol.


 

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