You know what makes a really great start to the day? Answering the door to the woman from the shop downstairs, the shop that are your landlord, and her saying that you need to let a surveyor in today because they are moving premises in two months time.
‘Um, sorry?!’ I said somewhat bleary eyed. ‘Does that mean we have to move?!’. She doesn’t know. She is just an employee of the large chain the store is part of. A phone call half an hour later from their head office property department clarifies a little bit more. They are moving. They haven’t completed the contract on the new place yet, but when they do they will be giving three months notice on their lease here. Their lease here that includes our home of five years standing.
‘The owner may well decide to keep you as tenants’ she offers in consolation, ‘but I can’t check until we hand our notice in obviously.’
May and ifs are no good to me. I have kids who need a certain roof over their head, not a possible one. And as we know from our 8 months of hunting earlier in the year, the rental market is tough here. All 5 houses we went forward for went to people without kids. So I cannot wait to see whether the landlord wants us, I need to start hunting now in case.
Which is fun a month before Christmas when nobody is really thinking of moving house.
It seems so unfair that after 5 years of being settled somewhere you can get told you may have to move in such an offhand and unthoughtful fashion. The lady in the shop thought I knew. I get on well the staff and she felt terrible as I burst into prompt tears in front of her. I know we were looking to move ourselves until fairly recently, being in pursuit of a garden for the small chap, but having found it so difficult we had decided to make the most of here and had got into the headset of this being our longterm home.
There is no such thing as a longterm home when you are renting. Someone else has the power to throw life into disarray at very little notice.
Of course the upsides are no panicking if the boiler breaks or the roof leaks, so it’s not all doom and gloom. But today I am feeling a little bit sorry for myself. I have wiped my tears and rung all the agents to re-register as prospective tenants if something comes up. And we may just have to take something a little bit less suited to us than we had hoped, needs must and all that.
Bollocks. I am very grumpy about it all today – approach with caution is my advice!
Love Miss Cisco XXX