Renewal questions..

Renewal questions..

My lease renewal is up and I have a couple questions. I live in Michigan, keep in mind, where the economy is horrible. I currently pay about $700 a month. They want to raise my rent 25 dollars a month. Is this high, low, or at least a legal amount? At first they tried 75 dollars, then when I complained they said they were doing me a favor and cutting it to 25. I didn't think $75 dollars a month was legal in Michigan based only on what a few friends had told me. Where can I go to see guidelines on this? Also, if a little complaining can push them down to 25, how low can I go without insulting them and having them cancel my renewal? Is 25 close to the average of what you all payed? Also, I heard they are pushovers here upon renewal that they will do anything to keep you here paying higher rent. A friend of mine told me she asks for her carpets cleaned every year and gets them done for free as a renewal benefit. My carpets are fine; so I'm wondering if there are any other perks I could ask for? I welcome any ideas. Thanks. :)
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