Early on my in unemployment adventure I realized I needed to cut costs as quickly as possible. I mentioned different ways to lower monthly bills and save some cash. I even tried to lower my rent (my largest expense), if only temporarily, not knowing how long I might be out of work. I promised an update so here it is: I could not get my rent lowered.
There are a few reasons for this:
- I live in a rent controlled building. The landlord was especially nervous about lowering rent that could never be raised while I live here.
- The housing market isn’t so bad in San Francisco that I couldn’t be replaced fairly easily.
- I must not have sounded pathetic enough when I called.
All in all, I’m glad I’ve been paying what must be a decent price for a rent controlled space. It would have been difficult to stay here too long without finding a job, however.