Feb 25, 2007 7:27 pm
We'll soon be demolishing our 1940's house in the Melbourne suburb of East Bentleigh, in preparation for building with Marshall Baker Homes. Much to our horror, it seems that the rental market for 3 bedroom houses in the area is super competitive.
Where do I start ? The 15 minute "cattle yard" inspections, the absoloute lack of respect that some estate agents demonstrate to renters, or the awful dungers of houses with stained walls, grotty kitchens and tottering pseudo-sheds in the backyard ? I've certainly re-evaluated our current place from looking at the rentals on offer !
You'd think there'd be a niche somewhere that we could fill as short term renters, but it seems the estate agents only have one way to engage renters. "Would you like to see our rental property list" then it's the usual story of waiting to be advised that a property is actually leased (probably was even before the enquiry, they just keep you as a contingency), or off to the cattleyard inspection
If there's some miracle website for this kind off stuff I haven't found it yet, and as I mentioned estate agents seem to have no interest in taking our details in case a limited fixed term lease comes up. I guess they're in it for long term sustainable dollars, rather than exception cases. I'm kind of thinking that 'fessing up on the need for only a short team lease would probably predjudice our chances of getting anything anyway.
I guess this is more of a rant than anything alse, but if anyone can suggest possible solutions I'd be all ears.
Thanks for reading,
Re: Trying to find a rental house whilst building2
Feb 25, 2007 8:00 pm
I also have sold my house and we have to rent while the new one is getting built.
It was a nightmare, completely! I hated every moment of finding our rental...we ended up having a bidding war with someone else who wanted it, and are now paying $295 per week for it. Ack!!! Thats so much moolah, but I am so glad it is only temporary. The people who are paying rent full time...I can never understand it.
Cannot wait to get out of here and into our new home, let me tell you!!
Good luck with finding somewhere - it is not easy. But you're not alone
Re: Trying to find a rental house whilst building3
Feb 26, 2007 8:06 am
This is probably stating the obvious but realestate.com.au has a rental section, as does domain.com.au.
http://www.realestate.com.au/cgi-bin/rs ... &t=ren&cu=
I really feel for you. The first place my husband and I ever rented was a short term lease (4 months) - which suited us at the time, but the reason it was short term? It was due to be demolished. As you can imagine it was a top class place - NOT! But it was cheap and suited the purpose.
All the best with your house hunt. I've always found the realestate agents to be less than helpful, infact when we were in the process of packing and moving from our last place we were obliged to let prospective buyers come through the house - which I was furious about seeing as we were going to be out in less than a week and it was still during our lease time. Thank goodness we are now renting off a workmate of my husband's and we can be here as long as we like - which will be until we move into OUR house.
I won't be sorry to leave the renters market!
Second Time 'Round
Re: Trying to find a rental house whilst building4
Feb 28, 2007 1:57 pm
Since it is only short term, consider other areas. We tried one area and got the same as you. We tried another and the agent was only too happy to help and we were in within days.
We were a bit suspicious at first but it has worked out quite well and the area is pretty reasonable.
Re: Trying to find a rental house whilst building5
Feb 28, 2007 2:36 pm
Try house minding websites as well.
Incidentally the issue of Rental bidding has now been addressed by the REIV, but to what degree, I am not sure, saw an article on it the other day I think.
Re: Trying to find a rental house whilst building6
Mar 31, 2007 10:16 pm
I just thought I've give an update on this, at the very least to give hope to those that may be in a similar situation.
We've secured a rental property. The clincher appeared to be that it was only offered for a 12 month lease, thus only two couples at the inspection instead of the usual 20+
The back story is that it's being demolished in a year to make way for a dual occupancy redevelopment. It's not exactly the pinnacle of luxury housing, but quite adequate for our needs ; 3 bedrooms, medium sized shed and a bungalow out the back (great for storage).
The agent is actually a property development / estate agency. So maybe a good tip would be to check out property developers if you're looking for a short term rental.
Now, on to our demolition and build !
Re: Trying to find a rental house whilst building7
Apr 02, 2007 9:47 am
Thanks for the update. Can't wait.... we need to sell, move out and rent while we build. Should be a heap of fun
On the positive side, down our way (Geelong) rentals are not quite as bad a Melbourne... but I don't expect it to be easy.
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