I've been trying to give money to my apartment complex for a couple days now, to no avail. Monday I went in to talk to a leasing consultant to get my lease renewed. She said that she had to get the paperwork ready first, so I should come back at noon. Well, I'm not taking an hour out of the middle (well, not really the middle) of my day to sign a lease, and they close ridiculously early now, so I said I'd come back today. She said that they'd be in a staff meeting in the morning, so I could show up at 9:30. At 9:55 they were still having their meeting, so I went another day without signing my lease. I'm hoping that the third time's the charm tomorrow, because if that fails, I only have one more day to sign a new lease before my old one expires.
My rent was originally $1050 per month plus $75 a month extra for it being refurbished, minus the free month I got, and minus the $1000 rebate I got, which ended up averaging $950 a month. Now it's $1140 a month, up $15 per month from last year, with no bonuses. All things considered and spread out across the entire year, that's almost a $200 jump in effective montly rent. Now, I didn't really expect that I'd get the bonuses again, but it was kind of implied that my rent would go down to $1050 because the $75 extra was just for the first year. I'm not incredibly happy about this. But, I like the place, and in reality I'm not going to move just because they're charging me more money now. The pain and cost of moving is much higher than a few bucks a month, even if it's just being delayed until I find a condo or house.