So, like most of my other blogs, this one has to do with finding a new place to live, which is our current conundrum. I have never looked so extensively to find a decent place to live, it is exhausting me to the core. There are some limitations to what we are looking for that we simply cannot give in on and we're not being unrealistic. I find the biggest issue, which really isn't an issue, is that most place say no pets. This is actually illegal, at least in the city we live in. Landlords cannot refuse pets, it's a right of tenants that they have. That being said, I wouldn't want to get into a place that doesn't want pets only to have the landlord be pissed and we get crap service from then on out. Neither are we getting rid of our cats (like one messed up crazy old lady suggested to me) Um NO, Milo and Charlie are just as much a part of our family as Ty and Jacob. We aren't going to get "rid" of them like moldy bologna. We treat our cats better than some parents treat their kids, sad but true. Plus, most say due to allergies they don't want pets...well if we are in a self contained apartment does it really matter? No. The other issue is price. I know landlords are in the landlording business to make money but seriously, charging 1200 for a one bedroom house just because it is in an older home in an older area...it doesn't justify ripping people off. The problem we are having is we need more space which means going up to a two bedroom (I've given up hope on finding a three bedroom in our price range) but it seems taking the leap from one bedrooms, which are around 700-800, means going up to above 1000, all we need is an extra room and most places are going to charge us 200 more for an extra room? Sorry mom and dad, maybe we can enclose the unsafe porch for you guys and you can have room out there, you'll have to share it with the kids though.
I also am biased against living in a large apartment building. My reasons are justified. I have ALWAYS had problems living in buildings, I have had tremendous problems with very noisy neighbours (to the point the police were called many many times) I have had problems with neighbours above me leaving their sink running and it over flowed and leaked down into our apartment. I had an issue with a landlord forgetting to lock my door after they came in and I was robbed. I have had problems with people leaving gross disgusting nasty things in the hallways that I have to walk by, people making the elevator get stuck, people smoking in the hallway and having it come into my apartment (we have this problem currently with the guy downstairs) people having kids run up and down the halls at all hours of the night. The more people you cram into a large cement building the more problems there are, which is why I would like to avoid a building at all possible costs (though I have looked because we are running out of resources)
Maybe this time of year is not the time to be looking to move. Maybe I should have looked sooner, maybe come spring more things will come available but I can only take being here so much longer. It has started to seriously affect my respiratory health. I have a bad cough, sore throat, headaches, sniffles and dizzy feelings but it is only when I am at home. Stephen is okay but it's because he is gone most of the day. Even the cats are suffering too with sneezing and being sick. I try to take where we live with a grain of salt, I made it feel more like a home and sure it looks cute and comfy but the under lying health problems are getting serious. I try to find the humor in house hunting but there is none. I started looking well over a year ago and I am kicking myself for passing up some great opportunities. We weren't ready at the time emotionally but now more than anything, I wish they would come back up because I have not found anything else. I am determined though...I will not give up for the health of my family. I will trudge on through the mucky waters of house hunting, praying something we can afford opens up, someplace we can make a home and someplace most importantly we can breath in safely. Someplace free of mouse poop and horrible slippery stairs....someplace I'll be able to write happy blogs because I feel great due to clean fresh healthy air. Speaking of health, my heart test today went fine, the unexplained chest pain is not heart related. But someplace where I can start to write about the great things happening in our lives because they surely will not happen while we are here. I can't wait until I have other things to write about other than jobs and houses...man those will be some good blog days...if only they would get here soon!
Oh and your not boarding Wortley Village if your over by Adelaide and Commissioners...just saying...your about 15 minutes from it, nice try though.
Oh and all inclusive means ALL inclusive, it doesn't mean you pay for hydro and heat separately, what part of all inclusive do you not understand?
Oh and if your trying to rent a place please include more in a description other than, bedroom, living room, kitchen, clean....I'm going to need a bit more info.
And lastly, please landlords understand that there are other people on London OTHER than students who are looking for places to rent.
I lied, one more thing...if you are going to post a rent sign outside of your house PLEASE make sure you put the right phone number on there and preferably not one that has been disconnected..it makes my life a bit easier. Thanks