Wronged Renters – When to Cut Your Losses and Move

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Chances are if you have rented before, then you probably have a less than ideal experience to talk about. Whether it is having to suddenly find a new home when the landlords decides to sell. Or a roommate situation that goes from bad to worse. Whatever the experience, the important thing is knowing when enough is enough. Changing your living situation as a renter can sometimes be tough, not to mention the costs and inconvenience. But often times, in these situations you’ll always come out the other side better off. If your current living arrangement isn’t working, then listen up, because it’s time to cut your losses and move.

Be prepared

Moving yourself takes time and in a tough situation, it can be time you don’t have. Instead of prolonging the pain, be prepared and book a removalist in Sydney. Removalists are not only much more proficient at the task, but it means you can remove yourself from the environment quicker.

Pack your things and have them ready to go in a predetermined part of the house. Pass this information onto your removalist and you’ll find the whole process can run smoothly without you. This will allow you the peace of mind that your belongings are safe, as well as making the entire move much more swift. Removalists are experts and will have you out of a tough spot in no time at all. Not to mention that you won’t have to endure the physical labor usually associated with moving houses.  You’ll save any emotional stress as well as any physical exhaustion.

Know your worth

Often times, landlords rely on a tenant’s unwillingness or lack of motivation to find a new home, as a way to increase their income. Most people have a story to tell about their rent increasing each year with no real improvement to their situation to show for it. Managing agents will talk about market conditions as an excuse for the increase. As a renter it is important to know your worth and know what rent you should pay.

If the landlord hasn’t made any improvements, no matter how big or small, then a rental increase seems at least a little unfair. Don’t be afraid to open a dialogue with the estate agent about the increase and discuss the reasons why you don’t think it is reasonable. Remember that landlords in a majority of circumstances need that rental income coming in. Having to find new tenants is probably more of a hassle than leaving the rent at the same price for another year.

Check the market and see what comparable rental properties are going for. Do your research and look at properties the next level up. If the difference is quite considerable in terms of what you are paying them, then be prepared to fight for your rights. If you think you can do better, than cut your losses and move on.

Find the balance

Living arrangements can be tricky relationships to manage. The key to a successful share house or cohabitation is making sure all things are equal. Don’t make concessions just to find a room to rent. For example, if instead of paying bond to a rental authority your new roommate wants you to transfer it into their bank account. This type of arrangement can quickly backfire. You should also be careful of who you live with, as their behavior may mean you don’t get your bond back.

Alternatively, if you suddenly find all of your roommates wanting to move out, consider whether it wouldn’t be easier to leave as well, rather than advertising for a house full of new tenants. It can be very easy to find yourself in a bad situation as a renter, especially in group situations. Before entering into any agreements, make sure they are fair for everyone. If you think that you are being treated unfairly, then consider whether you would be better off elsewhere.

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As a renter, it is easy to find yourself in a position which doesn’t seem right. Whether it is the landlord raising rent, the balance of payables or possibly even an emotionally stressful relationship. Whatever the situation, it is important to know when enough is enough. It can be a tough call, but often times a decision to cut your losses and leave is the right one. If you think you are in this situation or are looking for potential signs, consider these tips when reviewing your current living arrangement.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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