renovating for rent reduction?

Could you do it?  Commit to renovating your city apartment in exchange for a reduction in rent for a long period of time? This couple in New York did. $19,000 worth of improvements (including labor and materials) in exchange for a $400 a month reduction over a four year period.

I wonder if my landlord might be down for something like this… after all, my husband was the one who sent me this link.  I think he’s looking to get his hands dirty, don’t you?

the yucky before

the pretty after

Slideshow here. All images via New York Times.

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One response to “renovating for rent reduction?

  1. Oh my, I LOVE that kitchen. I would totally do a reno for reduced rent!

    Sign me up!

    That bathroom was utterly disgusting. It should have been updated prior to moving in!

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