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January 12th, 2012
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Is that how big it is?



Bus seat graffiti. Dirty minds, the lot of yer.

In other news, flat hunting. There are a lot of crap flats out there, yo. Also, why should I need four referees, excluding my current manager at work and my current landlord to apply for your cruddy flat?. That seems ... excessive.

In other other news, many thanks to vernacularity for his help in getting my bike into usable condition for the time being. Yay for random people off the internet.

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From:tyellas
Date:January 12th, 2012 09:08 am (UTC)
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Pinkie's no random! 'E's a good bloke, 'e is!

And yes, flathunting, the sheer hell of it. My recommended modus operandi is:

* Get up as early as standable on Saturday.
* Go through the print ads in the Dominion Post. The people who are placing these print ads tend to be older landlords/landladies. As a result, these flats have not been pickily examined by half the Internet, and older landlords/ladies tend to look favorably upon mature female tenants.
* Have favorites circled and be on the phone to them by 9 AM. If necessary, position yourself in the immediate neighborhood of an especially desirable sounding one so you can be RIGHT THERE.
* Bring your checkbook.

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From:dianavilliers
Date:January 12th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
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They still do to let ads in the Dom Post? Last I looked the classifieds were mostly for various adult services.

Heck, even my dad is using Trademe now. To sell a boat, that is, not to advertise for clients...
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From:tyellas
Date:January 13th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
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They have the most To Let ads on Saturday. Like I say, it's the old-school landlords who run ads there. Still works!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:January 13th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
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I've got about 4/5 places lined up to see tomorrow, but if I'm still looking next week, I'll give it a go.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 12th, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
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That four referees thing sounds like someone who's been burned before. No matter how crappy your house is, if someone makes it worse or runs off owing you thousands, you're gonna be more careful in the future.

This from someone whose tenant ran off owing thousands after having a couple of good references.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:January 12th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry you got burned.

I'm a good tenant. The rent gets paid on time, everytime. I'm clean, if not tidy. I haven't damaged anything, and I've reported maintainence issues in good time to get them fixed
before further damage is done.

I can come up with two good references, being people who know me well enough to vouch for me, and have "standing in the community". I can find two more who are willing to stretch the definition of standing in the community.

I could also probably come up with a handful of people who would lie through their teeth for me, although I don't tend to keep habitual liars in my life.
References, beyond that of my landlord, are pretty meaningless.

So, more of a thing that didn't work previously is going to work better?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 13th, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
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They probably think so, given that they're people.

Don't get me wrong, I completely understand the frustration with arbitrary and seemingly pointless hoop-jumping requirements - but having been on both sides of this equation I also understand why people tend to do this sort of thing.

What do you think would be a good way for landlords to reassure themselves that you will be a good tenant?
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From:dianavilliers
Date:January 13th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
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For me personally? Talking to my current landlord about how I've used this place, and possibly my manager to verify my employment status and reliability should be plenty, and I'm fine with that. I'm also fine with a credit check.

For people without that rental history? Then go for the personal references and I'd suggest possibly an interview, along with the credit check.

Whatever a landlord does though, investments are risky, and one of the risks of investing in residential property is dodgy tenants.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:January 12th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Can't you explain that you've been in your flat a good long time and you've been in your job a good long time and that is probably a GOOD thing for a prospective landlord?
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From:dianavilliers
Date:January 12th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Heh. No space for that in an online form, but, really, their loss.
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