I live in a large apartment complex that opened last year. I just moved in mid-July 2013 signing a 12-month lease. As of today, the apartment complex is about 30% occupied. There are many units available. On the apartment's website online the rent listed for my unit is now $180 less than what I am paying and they are offering two months free. Most units' rents are listed at lower prices than what they were a week ago. However, I'm still paying the same amount even though the value of my unit is now less.
I've been a good resident. For the short time I've been here I've always paid my rent on time and am almost always the first to report any issues (broken garage door, security issues, etc) with the apartment. Since I've moved in I've noticed the integrity of the apartment complex dropping - items breaking more often, managers not meeting me when they said they would, employees of the apartment getting drunk and blacking out at outings, area is completely smoke free yet people are smoking in the garage, and maintenance not repairing items immediately.
I've discussed my concerns and why I'm upset that my rent is listed cheaper than what I am paying with the property manager and her supervisor. I've asked to have my rent lowered. They are not willing to change. They did offer if I extend my lease now, so my lease is two years till September 2015 that I would get 1 month free rent, a guarantee that my rent will not increase next year, and I'll continue to pay the same amount I'm paying now (not the $180 less).
How do I get the property manager to lower my rent in this situation?
My thoughts: their deal sounds decent at first, but they are really just working around the problem and trying to get me to sign a longer lease so they meet their quota. Also, given that apartment has been open for a year and there are many available units makes me think that they will be in a similar situation next year and offering an incentive to stay. If that happens, I'm doubting they would want to raise my rent. Lastly, given how the quality of the apartment is dropping recently makes me question if I really want to extend my lease.
Is there any way to negotiate with my property manager to lower my rent without increasing the length of my lease?