February is traditionally the slowest month of the year in Manhattan real estate, a month known for giving renters a chance to find deals. In Februaries past, landlords offered more concessions in order to stimulate demand. This year, the opposite happened. Even given the context of low inventory, few new apartments coming on the market, and high demand, February still exceeded expectations for apartments in every Manhattan neighborhood. Landlords cut back on concessions and raised rents, and the high temperatures brought out far more renters than expected; the high volume of activity far surpassed traditional winter levels. If this is any indication, rents for apartments in Manhattan will keep rising in the spring, the busiest season of the year.