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Possibly moving... again.
Haven't updated for a few days, things have been busy-busy! This week has involved organising a whole bunch of stuff and I'm relieved to say I managed to sort it all out without dropping a single ball. I also squeezed in time to see 'Iron Man' (excellent) at the movies with Joe, and 'Keating: The Musical' (AMAZING!) at the theatre with Joe, Hammond and Kelly. We were the youngest people there by a decade and also the most underdressed. We kept getting odd looks. Also, there was a guy sitting two rows in front of us who was a dead ringer for Joe with +10 years and +10 kilograms. Heehee. Joe carefully avoided him because sources say that if you ever actually meet your own doppelganger, one or both of you will vanish.

Last night Joey and I finally got the chance to just relax, so Joey put fresh sheets on the bed, I cooked kangaroo steaks and veggies for dinner and then we cuddled on the couch and watched some Invader Zim (thanks Hammond! Thammond.)

The big news around here is that apparently the real estate rejected our lease back in March because one of the names on it was wrong. They did not inform us of the rejection in writing, which means we can probably contest it if we want to. What this means is that we've unknowingly been on a periodical lease instead of a proper lease for the past few months, and until we sign their new lease, which raises the rent ANOTHER $20/wk, the rules of the game are a little different. One of those rules being, of course, that the real estate can hike up the rent literally whenever they please, which is what they've just done.

Neither Joe or I is inclined to accept this second rent-hike, given that it's less than two months on the tail of the previous one and, let's face it, this house is hardly the Ritz. Given that we both work on the other side of the river now, the location is no longer ideal for us. And finally, given that the real estate is using our periodical-lease status to swing their dick around and inflate the rent, we won't feel too bad about using the periodical rules right back at them by giving them a mere (yet legal) two weeks notice and pissing off for a better place.

We're inspecting a place in Indooroo on Saturday. It's three bedrooms, cat-friendly (!!!), pretty much right on the river in a quiet, safe bushy setting, and would allow us both to walk to work. My walk would be just under an hour each way, which is PERFECT for me. Dayum, but I get so toned and hawt when I do two hours of cardio per day! Joe's walk would be shorter, or he can take a bus that will deliver him basically to his workplace's front door. He'll also be able to walk or bus to uni in far less time than he currently does.

The real sell-point is the rarity of a place which not only allows, but encourages, pet-owners to apply. The house itself looks quite old in the photos, but no worse than what we're living in now, and in a much nicer setting. Google Maps tells us it's not close to any major roads, so finally, FINALLY I can let my cats be indoor/outdoor kitties... with collars, bells and address tags additional to their implanted ID chips, of course. The only one who has any kind of innate hunting ability whatsoever is Jangles, but better safe than sorry. I saw my old childhood cat Bonny kill more than one wildbird when I was a kid and I don't want to hold another pretty bird in my hands and watch it gasp its last breath ever, ever again. :\

The other advantage of outdoor-approved kitties is, of course, the fact that nature takes care of pewps. Oh, and there's also a nice riverside park just a few houses down the road.

We wanted to take Kelly with us, but the location isn't practical for her due to the extra travel distance to her uni. Sadfats. :( She's a great flatmate and friend (and Bunnies card partner) that I know we won't be able to find anyone else who even comes close, and will miss her cheerfulness greatly. So will the kitties!

So, if we get the place, we will be looking for one flatmate to knock our rent down a little. In that case I'll be paying $125/wk for the master bedroom, whoever takes the second-biggest room will pay $115/wk, and the third-biggest room-dweller will pay $110/wk. This is less than what we'll each be paying at Bond Street if we stay, once the rent increase hits (or when Ben moves out, which will happen first). I have a full household of furniture so we'd probably be looking for a student who doesn't have furniture of their own and just wants to move somewhere that's already all set up.

It'd be ideal for a UQ student. If you know anyone who is attending UQ and looking for a place, please let me know. Unless this place has a serious defect, we'll be applying after the inspection on Saturday, with a potential move-date of two weeks later. On my current salary, and with me making the (unrequested) additional offer to pay a pet bond, I think we have a reasonable chance of getting the place. Also, given that it's more out-of-the-way than most properties, I don't think there'll be as much competition for it as we used to see in West End, East Brisbane et al.

Our current flatmates are individually making their decisions about whether to stay on at Bond Street and get in new flatmates, or all move on themselves. Ben was already thinking about leaving to become a carer for his brother, which was part of the reason Joe and I decided to start looking for a new place - I spent so long finding Ben to be the 5th flatmate that I'm not keen to go through it all again.

Moving is always a pain, but in this case, worth it, I think. I'm tired of keeping the cats a secret. I don't like hiding things from the real estate, it causes tension and I hate the sticky feel of dishonesty. Finding a 'Pets OK' place in Brisbane's current rental climate is nothing short of a freaking miracle.

Wish us luck that it's a decent house and that we can land it; with a 1% vacancy rate in this city, we're going to need all the luck we can get!
16 have fought ~ fight the power!
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rainbow_gash From: rainbow_gash Date: May 9th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
So, if we get the place, we will be looking for one flatmate to knock our rent down a little. In that case I'll be paying $125/wk for the master bedroom, whoever takes the second-biggest room will pay $115/wk, and the third-biggest room-dweller will pay $110/wk. This is less than what we'll each be paying at Bond Street if we stay, once the rent increase hits (or when Ben moves out, which will happen first). I have a full household of furniture so we'd probably be looking for a student who doesn't have furniture of their own and just wants to move somewhere that's already all set up.

I'm a UQ student... and as of yesterday, I'm actually looking for a place ASAP, somewhere around Indooroopilly or Toowong! The tiniest room, at that price, is certainly suitable. Non-drinker/smoker, quiet geek, can provide references, etc.
tania From: tania Date: May 9th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Woot! Important question: how do you feel about cats? Because they will probably love you with a blatant disregard for any allergies and/or phobias you may posess. ^_^;
rainbow_gash From: rainbow_gash Date: May 9th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, awesome. I'm completely fine with cats- I'm mildly allergic, but that won't be a problem. If you want to meet up or whatever to screen me or whatever, I'm available pretty much anytime. That said, if you don't get this place and still have a room wherever you go, assuming it is this side of the river, I'm in.
tania From: tania Date: May 9th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll keep you posted! Just skimmed back through your journal to see your post about your current living situation; I'm not surprised you're looking.

If we get the place we'll get together for a coffee or something before move date and see how we all click. Re the cats, we've got one flatmate here who is ambivilent about them and he's successfully managed to keep them out of his room for a year. They've not yet worked out how to open doors... oh god please don't let them work out how to open doors... ;)
rainbow_gash From: rainbow_gash Date: May 9th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, thanks!

My living situation has been stable, in fact quite fantastic, for the past few months, actually... but the people I'm living with promised this room to a friend anytime she wanted it... which she now does. So it's not as urgent as it was, but I do need to find a new place!
tania From: tania Date: May 9th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh! Crap, I should mention (in case it wasn't apparent from the mention of dinner in this very post) that while we've lived with vegetarians and such before and we don't mind a jot what our flatmates do or do not put in their mouths (hurr hurr, insert dirty joke here), Joe and I are meat and dairy eaters and I'll be upfront and say that that's highly unlikely to change. If we do wind up sharing a place, will you be okay with that?
rainbow_gash From: rainbow_gash Date: May 9th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Of course! I'm pretty laid back about such things, unless, you know, someone tries slipping meat into my food or something because haha it's funny... I honestly don't care if people I live with eat my food or whatever if they're too lazy to go shopping or it's a weekend or whatever, it's all good.
cateagle From: cateagle Date: May 9th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
They've not yet worked out how to open doors... oh god please don't let them work out how to open doors...

We should hope, then, that ours and yours don't share info as ours have learned how to open a couple doors in this place that are sprung and a right pain to get to latch properly. Still, if cats did acquire the dexterity to open doors, wouldn't they apply it first to the can opener for the cat food? :D
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tania From: tania Date: May 9th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty impressed with what I've seen so far. I lived in Milton back in '01 when I first moved out of home and it was pretty nice too. I've always liked that side of the river but this is the first time I've had a good reason to live over there. :)
cateagle From: cateagle Date: May 9th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Best of luck in getting a this place or some other new place that greatly suits your needs and wants.
cateagle From: cateagle Date: May 9th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I had to Google "Keating: A Musical" to understand what you were referring to. In the US, the last well-known Keating was Charles Keating, the perpatrator of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Scandal in the 1980's (relevance to today is that John McCain was the *only* Republican senator charged in connection with this and it could charitably be argued that, given that Keating operated out of Phoenix, AZ, that he was only trying to help a constituent; still...). Note, to be fair, I should also note that one of the other four US Senators involved was John Glenn.
scoutlostthewar From: scoutlostthewar Date: May 9th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Jangles can hunt? Gtfo!
tania From: tania Date: May 10th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Weee-eeelll, this is all theory at this point, but we're pretty sure the other two CAN'T hunt because when they see a bird outside their tails flail wildly and they make bizarre mewling noises... the only hope they've got of catching a bird with that methodology is the off chance that the bird will spot them and start laughing so hard it won't be able to fly away.

Jangles, with a near-voiceless squeak and mere stump of a tail, may, in his disabilities, have far more inherent hunting ability than either of the other two.

I plan to whack a goddamn COWBELL around all their necks so we'll never find out. ;D
scoutlostthewar From: scoutlostthewar Date: May 12th, 2008 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Its not that I don't love Jangles terribly but doesn't hunting require well...smartz?

I think all your kitties would be safe with or without cowbell.
aibo From: aibo Date: May 9th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I keep forgetting that you are not allowed to have cats there, as it seemed to be the most normal thing in the world when I was visiting. Well, even that moving sucks, considering the new options and a possible way better landlord, I keep my fingers crossed:-)

*Aibohugs*
porsupah From: porsupah Date: May 9th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for pet-friendly landlords! Definitely a rarity, just about anywhere. *sigh* Still, I'd want to wait a while before giving a home to any furred companions, to ensure everything's going to be as forseeably stable as possible. For now, though, that doesn't seem to be an option, despite asking about the possibility of a houserabbit or two when I met the owners a few weeks back. Not a big matter - in time, I'll ask again, and perhaps they'll be more inclined to agree, once they know I'm not trashing the place. =:)

1% vacancy rate? Egad! That sounds like the South Bay in the dot-com days. Such fun, calling up about possible homes, only to have the owners completely ignore the message you leave.. even while I was being shown around the place I ultimately went with, back in San Jose, the owner fielded another two calls from prospective tenants.

Is it being rented by the owner, or through an agency? I'm wondering if you might be able to get the application process started on the spot, if everything and everyone get along.
16 have fought ~ fight the power!