Rental inspection day
As we’ll be moving out after our house settles in June, we notified the property manager last week that we’ll hand the keys back at the beginning of July. Naturally, the landlord doesn’t want the house empty any longer than is absolutely necessary, so at the end of last week they asked to hold an inspection today for prospective tenants.
Sure, can’t see a problem there… Sabriena and I both absolutely hate strangers in our house, but we can deal with a few people looking through (it won’t be entirely dissimilar to the open houses before we had to move out of Shirley street). I’m not 100% sure but I think we don’t actually have a choice in the matter, despite the fact it was phrased as a question.
Holy shit were we unprepared for the demand: two groups at a time in our house, plus the two property managers, with a line of folks out down the driveway. It took about 45 minutes to get everyone through, and that’s counting that they raised the rent by $30AUD/week to boot! The rental market is absolutely bananas right now, what a mess this is! And apparently it’s like that almost everywhere, there just isn’t enough housing stock for everyone, and it just cements the fact that regardless of privilege, if you don’t own you’re not guaranteed a roof over your head.
All told they had over 40 prospective tenants interested, and the property manager told us that they almost certainly won’t need to arrange another one, so I guess it’s just ripping off the band-aid instead of having appointment after appointment.
Sabriena must have been visibly rattled, because one of the folks looking through commented about how she must hate this, and I didn’t say anything but I definitely thought I would much rather be on this side than the other side.