Washington, DC

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“Dear PoPville,

I live in Adams Morgan and wrote to my apartment management when they closed amenities in March due to COVID-19 to see if they would be willing to reduce the rent. While we certainly agree with their decision, we chose the apartment building specifically for the amenities, and pay a lot of money to use the rooftop, gym, lounge, courtyard, and other perks. With these being closed, we thought it was fair to request a bit of reduction in our rent, especially considering the financial uncertainty of these times. Management wrote back saying they were open to negotiations but first wanted to know if other apartments have done the same before making a decision on the amount.

Has anyone had luck negotiating reduced rent and, if so, mind sharing the name of your apartment building (or even just the neighborhood)? Any information would be helpful for me to provide to my apartment in supporting my case. If you are willing to share the amount of rent reduction, that would be great too. Thanks in advance!”


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