If you’re in your 30’s I bet you have moved at least once. In the last 3 years, I have moved 4 times. Last weekend was my 5th time. And oh my God how stressful it is.
Moving in UK is fairly easy if you know people, you know- if you know a guy who knows a guy, and you need money. Private landlords are hard to find and the prettier the house is, less you’re aloud to do.
And if you have money and go with a real estate agency, that is where they rip you right off.
I’ll give you an average what you’re being charged for. And that’s not even in London.
£150 per applicant (kind of application fee)
£80 credit check per applicant
Month and a half deposit
And if you are declined for whatever reason they keep £460 and you can say bye bye to money. How can that be legal? I’m definitely in the wrong profession.
So we have moved to UK nearly 2 years ago and it’s been a nightmare. I’m not trashing the country that is not my own but oh my goodness, this is surreal. Landlords won’t allow you having pets or kids (how does that make any sense?), usually there is no parking, you’re not aloud to smoke. At the property we’re moving into last weekend actually, we’re not even aloud to smoke outside in the garden! But it’s cheap. The landlord is really nice and awkward, and they have a cat which we were super happy about and were under the impression we’ll be aloud to have a pet of our own.
So the conversation went something like this..
“So Mark, we would like to get a pet, a dog or a cat.”
Mark: “Sorry Mia, but that would have be a no”. My boyfriend started laughing as he thought it’s a joke.
Me: “you’re kidding, right?”
Mark: “No, I’m not I’m afraid. But we do have a cat”
My boyfriends face changed and got all serious:”but you are kidding”
Mark just nodded no.
Me:”Mark, you have a cat, not us. It’s not like we have a shared custody”
But yes, it is a no. I don’t understand why. Do they not realise that people make more damage to the property than pets? Or kids? How is it in other countries? I would really like to know so I could compare narrow minded people.