Moving on.

BedroomI got confirmation from my Landlord that my lease will not be renewed. So I have 60 days (until 18th May) to find somewhere else to live. It wasn’t altogether surprising – the local grapevine has been buzzing with tales of 20% rent increases where leases have been renewed, so even if they’d made an offer, it’s unlikely I’d have been able to afford it.

So time to move on. I don’t really know where I want to go. Partly, because I’d really like to stay here. The financial benefits of Dolphin Square are that heating, water and basic cable TV are included in the rent and because it’s Westminster, the council tax is very low (about £50 per month) so that makes it difficult to make direct comparisons – I’m clearly going to get a’spreadsheetin’. I’ve been very lucky to have such a great place with the view of the river. I’d love to stay in Pimlico or elsewhere in SW1 but perhaps I can’t afford it, if rents here are going squiffy, maybe it’s part of a bigger picture.

At the moment, I think the bottom line of my requirements are a one-bedroom unfurnished flat within zone 1 or 2 and trying to keep the rent under £250 per week. I honestly feel much more of a west end boy than an east-ender but maybe it’s time for me to do something different. Getting really different and moving right out of the South-East of England is not going to happen until my kids are that bit older.

So HALP! pls k.thxbye etc. – I’m not sure of the best way to start looking as I kind of walked into this place two years ago – if you know of anywhere that might suit or can suggest good agents/sites (other than gumtree and craigslist) to look at, you know how to get hold of me.

7 thoughts on “Moving on.”

  1. Join the club. I am moving this easter weekend because the landlord hadn’t paid his mortgage for several months and we are being evicted! Thankfully found another house in the next village along, so that’s where we are headed.

    I do think that tenants get a raw deal in this country.

  2. Well, you’re the only person I know who can afford it out west, so good luck to you. But if you can’t, come east. Life is better here.

    Actually, I really only commented to say I once skinny-dipped in the fountain at Dolphin Square. I rule.

  3. I’m in Rochester about 45 mins away from Victoria by train. It has some advantages, as well as disadvantages:
    + Large, tidy 1-bedroom flat with great views of the river, castle and cathedral: £600pcm. I have three parking spaces (that I don’t use)
    + 45 mins to Victoria at about £12 a pop depending on time of day
    + One of the only places left in the South where you could actually consider buying a house
    – A bit chavvy, if you mind that sort of thing
    – Crap supermarkets (thank god for the Greek and Chinese stores)
    – Not very hip.
    +/- Loads and load of prostitutes. Even if you don’t like them (I know I don’t!) it means there’s lots of police around night and day which means it’s fairly safe.

    Despite the minuses, definitely wouldn’t consider moving back into London for a fair while.

  4. Lloyd, you have my sympathies. Kev and i are wondering about moving from our flat in N7, partly because it’s so tiny, but mainly because the landlord’s rubbish, our rent has gone up quite dramatically, and our contract is one of the most restrictive I’ve ever seen.

    Tenants do get an amazingly raw deal here, it’s no wonder everyone wants to buy.

    Trouble is, i am not sure where we would want to live, whether to stay in n7 (we have our life set up pretty well here, gym on corner, Waitrose, tube stop, all within 10 mins), or try to get out of london completely. It’s hard to decide, so I have my fingers crossed for you!

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