A Wet Walk And A Dilemma

Sunday's weather forecast was for just a few passing showers in the morning, clearing into the afternoon so I met the girls as usual for our walk along the Heritage Railway Trail.  

Within 2 minutes of leaving the car park the rain started and didn't stop until we reached home two and a half hours later... sodden through and through.  At least the afternoon did turn out to be bright and sunny.

This morning we had an appointment to view a long-term let, to give us somewhere to live following the collapse of our house purchase.  We said we would like to take it but the agent said the landlord has asked for either a guarantor or for the full 12 months rent in advance.  We agreed to pay in full up front but said exchange of contracts on our house sale will not happen until next week so we could sign it all off then, once we were sure our sale is secured. The agent helpfully pointed out that we were just one of many applicants wanting to rent the property and if we didn't go ahead now we would probably lose out.

Trawling through the rental properties on all the agents' books shows that there is virtually nothing else available... unless you have over £2000 per month to spend for a minimum of 12 months or choose a small flat in a dubious location.

We agreed to call him back in the morning after having a think about it.

Looks like another sleepless night ahead.


 

25 comments:

  1. Regarding the situation you find yourself in, I do not envy you at all JayCee. Why must the decision to move house be like playing a lottery?

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  2. Our laws ob house moving are a huge contributor to stress; I'm not sure how they differ in IOM. The French system is much better I think - it takes time to get going but once everything is agreed everyone is tied in and it then flows smoothly.

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    1. I think IOM is much the same as the UK. It seems designed to maximise stress.

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  3. It certainly reads like a very stressful situation for such a small island.

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    1. It all seems to be getting out of hand recently.

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  4. It's one thing after another with this move, isn't it? I guess the IOM is a popular place to own or rent, huh? Did you like the long-term let? Hope it all works out for you soon, JayCee!

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    1. Thanks Ellen. It does seem to be turning into a bit of a saga but it seems a few other people are also having issues with the whole house move situation. Too many of us chasing too few properties.
      The long term let was fine. Clean, tidy and convenient and would be OK for a year, until we find a permanent home.

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  5. Put everything into storage and buy or rent a motor home JayCee and travel for a few months.

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    1. It may come to that Dave.

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    2. We were just about to suggest that. F's grandparents did that nearly 5 decades ago - the rent money they might gave spent bought a camper and they set off on an extended tour of the country while their new house was being built for them - coming home from time to time to ensure all was progressing according to their plans. (In NZ back then you bought your land, designed your house, and hired a builder to 'make it so'.)

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    3. Oh how I wish we could do that. Not so simple here.

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  6. One of our tenants (a friend) in Brighton is moving out, as we will require the house later this autumn, and need some time to install new bathroom, kitchen, etc. She has found a very similar house, very nearby, but the rent is very different. I think she's now realising how extremely generous we've been!!

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    1. This is likely to become an uncomfortably expensive experience for us.

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  7. If your purchasers want it, include as much furniture in your sale as they'll take. Store the rest of your belongings. Then become short term nomads on the island and have a summer of changes of location. You may find a place you like you have never even considered. It may all be a blessing in disguise.

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    1. We may indeed become nomads, but it will be a very expensive business. There is a shortage of properties at a corresponding high price.

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  8. I detest letting agents and their games. You wouldn't believe what I could be liable for as guarantor on my daughter's university accommodation.

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    1. I can believe anything of them after our dealings with this lot.

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  9. Oh no. I do feel for your current position. As others have suggested, maybe a camper van is the way forward. At least you would have a roof over your head, site rentals would be low and you could sell it to recoup costs once you are finished with it.

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    1. Not much room on our island for too many camper vans.

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    2. Tour the UK and, when you can, Europe. Continue house hunting when you get back.

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  10. Oh crickey JayCee … what a dilemma. It won’t help but I know a few people going through the same. I don’t think Estate Agents even let you view anything without a buyer and then, if you find something you like, you are in a queue of zillions of people all wanting to buy it 😱. At least you’re not alone. L All you can do is what you are doing ….. if I lived nearby, I’d be round with a case of Sauvignon Gris 😂 XXXX

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  11. Hell, that's a dilemna all right. You could be homeless. Hope you come up with some sort of answer. Im sure a few glasses of wine and a good nights sleep will help but wont solve anything. Maybe screaming will help, at your estate agent!!!

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    1. I have already started on the wine. Still working on the good night's sleep.

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