Anyone having success getting landlords to agree to month-to-month? Moved to BOS for a job in Feb. My lease ends June 1. And it seems risky to commit to 12 months. (Continued)

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Boston is a tough rental market. There is no harm in asking. You could also move to an airbnb, which could def be monthly. There's a pretty vibrant room sharing community in Bos too. If you have any friends in grad school, ask if you can jump onto their listservs.

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It’s highly dependent on your landlord. Some will go for it, most won’t. I don’t think being around since Feb is long enough time to establish a relationship they’d be willing to bend rules for. As an example, we’ve been in our place for 3 years and asked to go month to month and they said no. It’s always worth asking however!

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I agree with S2. I’d propose a 6-month lease. I’d ask for it to be at the same rent as before but be prepared to go a little higher. I’m in DC and have definitely noticed a softening in the rental market.

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I feel like lots of students who were forced to go home will have their apts for sublease

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In Toronto once your fixed term lease is completed (typically 12 months), you automatically go month to month and there is no way for your landlord to force you into another fixed term lease.

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That's awesome, I'm jealous

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In Boston and tried to ask for a shorter lease. Did not have success asking for 6 month lease but landlord agreed to 9. Worth a try, definitely depends on the landlord

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I have no connections here, so if the job tanks, there’s no reason to stay. If I ask for month to month, would a landlord think, “Hey I’m just happy to have a low maintenance tenant who pays on time.”? Or would they be willing to bet on finding a replacement who’d commit to a full year?

Curious as well on management companies (oversee the whole building). Lease is up in June and may not be the best time to move.

Highly dependent on landlord and neighborhood - I am in Boston. Worth an ask though! If the answer is no, you could try to sublet for the summer while you figure things out (plenty on the Facebook housing groups).

Thanks for the replies! My sister is in a similar situation in Chicago - just in case anyone has insight on that market.

What’s your budget? I have a condo you can rent in Boston. DM me

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