||[Nov. 20th, 2013|12:18 pm]
Looks like I can move paying the deposit and first month's rent on my new place to the beginning of next month, after I get paid. Considering that's an eyewatering total of £2685 ($4329 in Leftpondian terms), that's just as well; it means I can afford to, like, have food and stuff.|
It's going to be a lean couple of months til I get the deposit back on my old place...
Not just London and New York that are becoming impossible to find reasonable priced homes, huh?
Nope. The southeast in general is fairly pricy; Oxford is (just) in commuting range of London, which is one reason I'm here (can't find a job locally if I get laid off? With a soulsucking two hour commute I can probably find something down there).
The main reason the sticker price is so high is the deposit though (standard is 1.5 times rent hereabouts, but this letting agent asks for 2 times for people with pets; there isn't really a culture here of a separate pet fee/monthly pet charge like I paid in Ann Arbor).
That said London specifically is absolutely bonkers at the moment by all accounts, partly because lots of overseas rich people are investing in property there.
I've yet to see a deposit back, or at least much of one since living in the US.
I didn't really have a problem with that in the US (maybe the Midwest is more chillaxed or something; I didn't even have a deposit on the place I lived in in Ann Arbor for half a decade), and I got my deposit back on my previous place here.
I'm expecting them to get a bit arsy with my current place since the cat's picked at the carpet a bit; such is life.
If it's a low-pile, berber-type carpet you can often just skim scissors over the bits that have been picked and even it out. As long as it's not a big, single area, it works pretty well.
Ooh, I'll try that; thanks.