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.