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And the biggest rent hikes go to...tenants I know by name

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How much total do you plan to tip the building staff this year?

If you want to keep your rent increases on the lowish side at lease renewal time, step inside your landlord's brain for a moment, courtesy of this recent comment posted by a building owner on BrickUnderground:

"So here's how many landlords work," he or she explains. "Upon lease renewal for a market rate apartment I have a business decision to make. What price to offer the next lease? Let's say that the tenant always pays on time. Generally for me this means I don't know the tenants name. A tenant I don't know is a tenant I want to keep."

In other words, renters, keep your head down and your checks prompt if you want to catch a break at renewal time.

It's worth noting that this particular landlord's point is that he may lose the flexibility to cut trouble free tenants a break if the $2,000-a-month threshold for turning rent-regulated apartments into market-rate apartments goes up.  For the latest developments on that political hot potato, check out CurbedNY's 'rent wars' coverage

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