I'm beginning to feel pretty hopeless that we will ever find a new place to live. The search has been on for over a year now and there just isn't anything. There are many places that would I would be willing to move too but there too expensive. Some of them are even more then owning our own house and getting our own mortgage. I don't understand why some people charge so much, given the purpose of being a landlord is to make money but really, who is going to pay $1800 plus utilities on a house that you could buy and pay less on. Maybe people have a hard time getting approved for mortgages and their only option is to lease. Either way, there are some places we could afford but once we pay utilities it is over our budget. I wish there would be more places that were inclusive, or less rent but we pay all utilities.....but then the landlord wouldn't really be making money so I doubt we will find that.
We have also run into the whole "no pets" issue. It's actually ILLEGAL for a landlord to refuse pets, it is stated in the law that tenants have the rights to have pets so really no landlord can deny you that privilege, however, I don't want to get into a place that the landlord doesn't want pets and have to deal with that. They can't kick us out but they could probably make life difficult for us, though that would be harassment and we could get into issues, I rather just avoid that whole subject. Another issue is the lack of parking. We have a car so we have to have parking and you'd be surprised at how many places don't offer parking. I also have to have a bathtub where ever we live, some places do not have bathtubs and that is the one and only place in my house I can relax for a bit. I need my bubblies! We've also run into the fact that most of the apartments are in not so nice areas of London and by not so nice I mean crime. I'm not willing to risk my safety just for more space.
Some of them don't have pictures, it makes me a bit weary as to why there are no pictures. In a day and age when loading pictures is as easy as toasting bread it makes me think they are hiding something. I'm not going to go out of my way to schedule a viewing when I have no idea what the place looks like (and trust me, I've been here before, places without pictures tend to be dirty and dark and unkept)
Maybe I am too picky but I do have standards. I want someplace we can afford, someplace bigger, someplace with no mice or mold, someplace with laundry, someplace that allows pets and has parking, someplace with a bathtub, someplace in a safe area of town. I don't ask for much but we need a home. Someplace where we can actually invite people over for dinner, someplace we can actually set up as a nursery and a guest room. Someplace family can come together, bring my parents, brother and nanny down here at Christmas and have a place for all of them to stay. Someplace to have friends over and entertain. Someplace to invite our youth group over too and cook for them. It doesn't require a lot, I'm not asking for anything unrealistic, I just want someplace else. Someplace we can grow into.
This place isn't starting to look as bad, maybe the mice will become our pets and the mold...well who needs healthy lungs anyways right? And if we fall down the stairs we probably will only break a few bones.....I just worry about the safety if we choose to get pregnant again. I'm still working on the reasons we need to move...and after you read it you will understand why this is a huge stressor in our lives and why it is very frustrating that we aren't finding anything. I can only pray that something comes our way soon. We need to begin this new year with good news.