I've had a couple of negotiation dealings with various corporate landlords (for residential housing) in a couple of states, and, basically, every time I would try to negotiate any sort of a remotely creative request, they would refuse to accommodate any such request, covering it up as being prohibited from doing so by the Fair Housing laws.
For example, me making a very economically reasonable offer for both parties to sign a limited month-to-month lease on a brand new and half-empty student housing apartment complex in Indiana after the school year has already started (since they wouldn't be able to fill it up for another year anyways), but they outright refused to even consider it. Instead, couldn't they simply accept any such offers from anyone who proposed it? As long as conditions are the same, e.g. they're still heavily under-occupied? Or do the fair housing laws mandate heavy documenting etc that really does make any such deals impractical?
As a tenant, in which ways do the federal and state fair housing laws diminish my negotiating power and my ability to negotiate some kind of a custom deal from a corporately-staffed landlord? Or do the corporate landlords simply use such laws as a pretext for making the tenant submit?