I've run across more than one apartment complex that will accept cats and dogs (for a substantial fee, of course) but won't take birds. Tough to understand that policy. One private landlord said "we don't like animals and won't accept any kind." Don't think I'd even want to rent from anyone with that attitude. I have a few months left on my lease here, so I can stay until I find a suitable place (though it does put some stress on the budget).
Gary, I do hope you find somewhere suitable soon! What a pain, budget-wise as well. I would think the owner would give you a discount, knowing you're a trustworthy tenant.
We've been moving stuff since last Thursday into the new place (I paid a couple of weeks overlap rent, so we're not frantic while moving). We've cleared out some of the storage stuff like whitegoods, bed and lots of storage boxes. Plus I've put the essential item in the fridge - a 6-pack of Corona.
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Wow... I would not want to move that is for sure. It would take me years to go through all this stuff I have accumulated and figure out what to do with it. Now that we are in our sixties, we are slowly giving things away to our nieces and nephews. Some day we will have to move to an old age home and without any children to leave things to, it is time to cut back.
Good luck with your apartment hunting Gary... I am sure this is stressful for you.
Thanks for your good wishes. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for any discounts. In fact, I suspect the owner will be happy when I leave. New tenants coming in pay $120/month more than I do (supposedly to cover the cost of a new kitchen-- which I was promised 9 years ago and never got-- and new carpeting). Looking for a new place is stressful indeed, and moving will be too, for me and the parrots. I'm sure I'll be chilling something in my refrigerator too, to help me recover.
I was just offered a 2-year contract (in my current job in Darwin), so it looks like the school is stuck with me for a bit longer! I am pretty happy about it, even though when I moved up here I thought I had a 5-year contract already - turns out the HR department didn't tell the school what their ad wording was, so the Principal didn't know the ad said a 60-month contract...anyway, not to worry. At least I have 2, and by the end of that I might be ready to take some long service leave or something. I'd love to become a 'grey nomad' and drive right around Aus in a caravan - if I did that I'd do it properly and spend a couple of years on it.
Good job biteybird.... I happy for you that you enjoy it there. Lordy knows you went through enough to get there.
Keep looking Gary... maybe find someone who would be willing to share the rent with you and have their own room? I know it would be difficult with your pets however... there are a lot of people out there who love pets. You never know.
maybe find someone who would be willing to share the rent with you and have their own room?
I don't know. At this point in my life, the idea of a roommate doesn't appeal to me all that much, in spite of any possible financial benefits. My niece just moved into her own place because of the lack of privacy and personal space when living with roommates (she had two of them). And a former girlfriend years ago found out her roommate was dealing drugs out of their apartment when the police showed up at the door. I don't think the birds would take too kindly to having a stranger invading their territory either.