I renewed the lease on my apartment today. In the process, I have learned that I am one of only two people paying $225 a month; everyone else gets charged more. I can't figure out why my apartment is cheaper; I like it much better than other apartments in the same building that I have seen. Most places have a large combination living room and kitchen, and a smaller bedroom in the back. I have a kitchen and a bedroom tucked in the side of the building. There are four stairs between the two rooms; the odd split-level design of the apartment was obviously mandated by the space that it could fit in.
I guess that this oddity is responsible for the lower price, but I like it. I like the uniqueness of the design, and the stairs make it seem bigger. I like having a full kitchen instead of a room that is half carpet and half linoleum. I like the way that I do not have any doors close to my door.
I am also fairly sure that the rent will not go up as long as I am staying there. There is a big sign out front that says "Apartments from $225". If they increased the rent to the two of us in the cheap places, they would have to change the sign. I am basically living in an advertising gimmick.