Think of it this way, says New York City-based real estate agent Karen Kostiw of Warburg Realty: A dishwasher on the lower end costs about $300, so a landlord could recoup the cost of it within a year by increasing rent by $25 a month. For a mid-tier apartment with a brand name, the financial outlay is $650, which could translate to an increase of $54 a month. For a high-end rental, the cost of a top-notch dishwasher is $1,500, which could drive rent up $125 a month. A good dishwasher should last about 10 years, Kostiw says. So, it’s possible the landlord would spread that cost out over several years.
“All in all, landlords who invest in a better quality dishwasher will find that the system breaks down less, which means fewer complaints from tenants,” she says. A pricier brand equals an increase in rent, yet not so many headaches in the long run.”