How to Negotiate Rent

How to negotiate rent. Melissa Davitt Roth
How to negotiate rent. Melissa Davitt Roth

As a New York native, whose wildest rental aspiration was a walk-in closet and a room with a view, Melissa Davitt Roth (pictured left) was amazed by what she found in Los Angeles. After moving three times in the last three years, Roth had become something of a rental savant -- but she never expected to find her current apartment at the rate she negotiated, especially on a freelancer's salary.

"Coming from New York, I used to avoid these big, cookie-cutter homes," Roth said. "But then I realized that that's where the deals are. I could actually afford a pool here and the big closet."