Pulling The Rug From Under Us

So earlier in the year we were house hunting, then we gave up. And now we are starting again.

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.

 

for rent

 

‘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

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  1. November 28, 2014 / 10:44 am

    this is exactly what happened to us in our last place, so try and think of it as maybe being something good that might come of an awful situation. We’ve been in that one so many times now – though only the once since H was born, and it is horribly unfair.

    Keeping everything crossed a house turns up – it worked out in the end for us so I’m sending over some of that luck xxx
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  2. November 28, 2014 / 11:32 am

    Oh no! How awful. My heart goes out to you. I can’t believe how heartless some landlords can be. Then again, if you’re dealing with a company … Do they even have hearts? x Hope you find a house that will suit ALL of your family’s needs.
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  3. Jo Hutchinson
    November 28, 2014 / 1:37 pm

    fingers crossed you find the perfect place

  4. November 28, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    Oh no poor you, and what a horrible way to find out. I hope it all falls into place for you really soon.
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  5. November 28, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this. Hopefully it is fate and the house of your dreams is going to become available for you x
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  6. November 28, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    i really feel for you, it’s a horrible position to be in. I rented for years and must have moved every two years as the property boom caused my landlords to sell each time!
    Hopefully this means the perfect house is just around the corner!
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  7. November 28, 2014 / 8:00 pm

    Oh no! How awful for you! I hope things work out for you!
    We rent…..I hate it. Always having the uncertainty of being asked to move out x
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  8. November 28, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    Oh no how crap, especially right now too! I have my fingers crossed that everything goes alright for you x
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  9. November 28, 2014 / 10:41 pm

    This is so crap and unfair! Renting can be a tough road but like you said there are some perks. I wish you good luck! x
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  10. November 28, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    Bollocks indeed. Just seems so unfair that this can happen – you’re right, 5 years is long enough for it to feel like yours I imagine! Keeping fingers tightly crossed that something amazing turns up for you x

  11. November 29, 2014 / 8:13 am

    Oh Sonya that is so rubbish. We too are going through a huge period of uncertainty financially and one thing we had considered was to sell up and move into rented as out mortgage is so big. Reading this though I wonder if we should stay put as that Is awful that you can be given such short notice to move out, out of the blue like that. Fingers crossed that you can find somewhere bigger and better, maybe the time of year will go in your favour. Hugs x
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  12. November 29, 2014 / 10:14 am

    I am so sorry this has happened and at such a rotten time of year as well. Whatever happened to duty of care especially when it involves a family who is threatened with no home – seen as you’ve been such loyal tenants your landlord should help you secure a new place or at least given you an excellent reference to help you in getting a new home…. X
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  13. November 29, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    So sorry to read this. What a total nightmare for you all. Having followed your previous house-hunting journey I know how hard it is going to be for you. Wishing you lots and lots of luck. x
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    • November 30, 2014 / 6:44 am

      Thank you, fingers crossed it all gets sorted quickly xx

  14. November 30, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    I hope you find somewhere soon. We have been at the mercy of landlords for many years and had several moves at short notice when they’ve decided to sell. Good luck x

  15. December 1, 2014 / 10:07 am

    You have my full sympathies, how stressful for you all! We’re renting at the moment and it’s become apparent over the last couple of months that the house has a damp problem….that the landlady seems none too concerned about. We have two kids and I don’t want them getting asthma. My asthma has come back since we’ve lived here and I’ve had two chest infections which I put down to the damp in my bedroom. We are trying to find somewhere else…but like you say, it’s that time of the year where there is very little on the market. It’s soooo stressful. Wishing you lots of luck in finding somewhere suitable and somewhere you really want to live too 🙂
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    • December 1, 2014 / 10:55 am

      I hear stories like that SO often – landlords who just dont maintain properly – you’d think they’d want to keep their investement safe even if they don’t care about those who live there!

  16. December 1, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    Oh no – that really is awful – nothing like a bit of notice 🙁 We are landlords and gave our tennant 3 months notice as we needed the property back, I would never dream of leaving something so last minute. I hope you find somewhere suitable soon and win minimum amount of stress x
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  17. December 2, 2014 / 10:42 am

    I’m so sorry to read this. I’ve been in rented properties all my life until this year but we’ve always been council or housing association tenants with an assured tenancy so I’ve never had to worry about being told I had to move if I didn’t want to.
    I hope you find something soon and in a place where you can all be happy xx
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