You should start looking around. If the Landlord is not willing to uphold their lease, you will always lose in the end. Depending on what the market is like in your area, you may be able to find something better. Generally, prices have dropped and vacancies are higher than they've been in a long time. If you are dead-set on trying to stay, you should not tell the Landlord that. You need to make him understand he's got a great tenant whose willing to stay but knows there are better options out there. Maybe offer to sign for another 6-12 months with a 30 or 60 day notice. Also, if you haven't already, go meet with him in person. Face to face meetings almost always work out to a better result. Just don't let him see that you are desperate.
Jul 6, 2009