We've been in our apartment now for 3 and a half years. Sometimes we talk about moving, usually to reduce noise, but so far it hasn't happened. Moving is such a pain and, really, to get a better place we'd either have to pay more or move to the burbs and add a commute. No desire to do that. So our place isn't a bad value. It's a one bedroom for three people, but most of the two bedrooms we looked at are the same size as our current place; they just add a divider between the kitchen and the living room and, voila, two bedrooms.
However, since we've been here a while now, our leases have expired a couple times. I once called to get a new lease, but I discovered that's a mistake. You see, as soon as they look at your lease, they can think about raising the rent, which they did. It's within the market as far as we can tell, but still, it's a raise. In fact, it's beginning to seem to me that almost every time you call them, if the lease is expired, not too much later you get a new lease in the mail with a $50 a month bump.
So now there are a couple odds and ends in the apartment I think they should fix, but we're month to month at the moment. I ain't calling. As soon as I do, I know they'll penalize me for it.
You gotta lay low, stay out sight, live in the shadows, man. If we keep quiet enough, maybe they'll forget the place is leased at all. Otherwise, boom! Rental adjustment.