I tried to negotiate with my landlord on my upcoming lease. No luck at all. They actually want to increase my rent lol. $960/month for a 1 bedroom (what I am paying now.)
Wrote a blog post about it. http://ourwallets.com/we-failed-to-negotiate-our-rent/
What the heck? "It wouldn't be fair to the other tenants?" Who cares? Whenever I fly, I know that everybody on that flight paid a different fare (depending on when they booked, who they booked through, if they used any kind of loyalty "points" or belong to any number of "clubs" that have negotiated member discounts with the airline, etc.). Is that "fair?"
If I were you, I'd move. Put your money where your mouth is. Show them you won't be bullied into ignoring the economic reality of the housing market. Prices are down, and they cannot justify raising (or even holding steady) your rent while the rest of your housing market has contracted by a significant percentage.
P.S. - That Facebook slider thingy on the left side of your blog is super-annoying. It blocks the beginning of several sentences of text around the middle of the page, and there doesn't seem to be any way to get rid of it. I had to resize my window, and even then, I could only read the text in the top third (or bottom third) of the screen. Really intrusive and annoying, IMHO.