I know I’ve told you my ‘how I got on the property ladder’ story a few times now but I’ll just tell you again in case you’ve missed it….
Basically, my Dad sold us his house at a much reduced price simply because he was considering accepting a low offer from someone to make sure he didn’t miss out on my Mum’s dream bungalow. I was pretty shocked when he said how much he was considering accepting and without thinking, I said that if he was going to sell it for that price then I’d have it! Mr Frugal wanted in on the action and we had no problems getting a mortgage despite the fact we had no deposit because the loan was so low in comparison to the property value at that time so six weeks later, at 19 I was a homeowner although I still hadn’t grown up financially at that point.
Knowing how bad we were with money back then, I’m pretty sure that if things hadn’t have worked out the way they worked out then I wouldn’t be a homeowner right now. We frittered away money and would have seriously struggled to save up any sort of deposit for a house so we would have had to rent to move in together and I would imagine that once you’re renting it must be super hard to save for a deposit for a house on top of paying for your rent and bills.
If I’m honest renting scares me a little bit – like most people, my home is the place I want to be able to call me own. I’ve put so much time, effort and money into making every house that we’ve ever lived in a real home for us all and I hate the idea that someone else, a landlord, would have the ultimate control over my home would worry me beyond belief.
I have had two different friends who’ve received a phone call at work to say the house they’ve been renting for years is going to be put on the market. One was given the choice to buy it or move out within 30 days (I think that was how long they got) and the other was told they could stay until it was sold but that they’d have to keep the house tidy ready for viewings which could happen at any time.
How awful is that?
I know it’s not all bad though, in fact, I think the vast majority of landlords are good guys and are in it for the long term and a recent survey by HomeLet shows that 86% of people are either very happy, happy or somewhat happy with their landlord or letting agent. I’d just worry that I’d be in that small majority of people who weren’t.
I also have a friend who had to spend two days in the Winter without heating while their landlord tried to get out of fixing their boiler. Again, I know this is a rare occurrence and the HomeLet survey backs this up showing that 75% of renters are happy with the response to requests for maintenance.
I think if I was looking to rent then I would have some very specific requirements for a landlord or letting agent, just as I know they would have for me as a potential tenant….
- I would want an open and honest landlord who was able to offer a long rental agreement so I felt secure in the knowledge that I could remain in the property for a period of time that would ease my worries of having to move frequently.
- I would want someone who was easy to get in touch with and who understood their obligations to me, as their tenant.
- I would want someone who understood that I would love their house and make it my home so although it wouldn’t look like a show home, it would be well kept and always clean.
That can’t be too much to ask can it?
In exchange for that, I would pay on time and take good care of their house which surely is all a landlord wants ultimately!
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