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Ask Curbed SF: Lower My Rent!

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In need of guidance, oh wayward one? Turn to the oracle that is the Ask Curbed SF inbox. We'll burden the masses with your problems, and they, our all-knowing readers, will command thee.

Today's question comes from a renter who'd like to lighten the burden on his checking account:

I am looking to haggle with my landlord about lowering the rent and would like to know where I might be able to find out how much the property values have declined in San Francisco and more specifically in my neighborhood (the Inner Richmond). Might you be able to point me in the right direction?Renters, rise up! While you've got quill and inkwell out, you may want to check out this post we linked to a couple weeks ago on the Wall Street Journal's The Wallet blog, where a reporter succeeds in getting her rent lowered $300. Weird how seeing facts written down on paper can do so much, eh? Step 2, then: finding those facts. There are stats and squiggly line graphs over at Curbed's own real-estate haunt Redfin. For the Richmond, for example, check the 94118. Throw in a PowerPoint presentation, and you're gold. Anyone else have better places?