Renting is a solution to many problems. With housing prices sky high it can be a great way to experience having a place of your own. Or, if like me you happen to be a student, a rented house is much preferable to halls and their many, many downsides.
But renting a house comes with its own unique issues. Really, this article is just a rant piece. But if you happen to have sympathy or experience of these frustrations, browse away.
1. The absentee landlord. Having trouble? Burst water main? No electricity or hot water? As a distressed tenant, who can you call? Well haha, Ghostbusters are more likely to reply than the landlord, unless you enjoy leaving voicemails. I usually rely on my own ability to push random buttons in the fuse box and hope for the best.
2. The slowly disintegrating house. When you move into a property, it usually seems in good condition (usually). But as the weeks pass, things tend to change. Wardrobe handles come away as you pull. The microwave decides it no longer wishes to cooperate. The bathroom door locks you in and you hope that one of your housemates hears you before you start to go insane and wrap yourself in loo-roll. The house slowly falls apart around you. In the end, everything is held together by blu-tack, man and woman's best friend.
3. The Housemates. This only applies to those with the often unfortunate situation of a house share. Don't get me wrong, this can be great! Communal barbeques and weekly knees-up are the fate of a lucky few. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. The bins burst at the seams until I relent and take them out. No one buys toilet roll when it is their turn, and woe betide you if you accidentally use someone else's toothpaste. Not exactly a stress free environment!
4. Strange noises. If you live in a slightly dodgy area, staying home alone can be a nerve wracking experience. Every five minutes I hear a creepy sound, and I catapult downstairs with my emergency saucepan in hand (Tangled inspired). I only ever find another slug that has intruded upon the kitchen floor. No person in a balaclava is trying to nick our rubbish telly. I'll still keep my saucepan handy though, just in case.
5. Items left by the previous tenants. Objects that are so random you wonder why they were there in the first place. An inflatable banana and a traffic cone with fairy-lights adorned the living room when I moved in. I kept them obviously, makes me look kinda edgy and cool (I hope). Yet that is not all. There are some things that must remain untouched. The strange brown coloured bathmat which lies undisturbed for fear of its (probably) deadly diseases. The egg cup that for some reason no-one dares put away. It broods silently, knowing its power. We have some strange fear that if we move the egg cup, the house will collapse. The items come with the house, and must pass onto the next tenants. For all we know, they have been there generations.