You move in to a new city, look up for places to rent in paper ads and mobile apps. You call some, you check few and finally agree upon one place and decide to spend your next few months/years in there. How truthful is your house broker/landlord.. Or should I put how much is hidden in his/her words..
1. Walkable distance from X and Y.
Almost all the ads would have the above phrase. X and Y could be a school, hospital , bus stop or railway station. But in reality, it is definitely not an easy-5mins-walk in the hot scorching sun. There will umpteen left turns and rights turns that your office cab-wala would burn you with his eyes when he picks you up.
2. 24 hours of good drinking water.
‘We have bore water that is as sweet as mineral water and it is available almost the whole day’. The ‘almost’ here is an exaggeration. Come summer and you will know that your only source is packaged mineral water.
3. Ten months of rent = advance
‘Bhai, Ye to aapka money hai. Advance amount will be returned back to you when you leave, so don’t mind it’.
You get shocked about the bigg advance you have to arrange for. But your landlord assures you it is relatively very small compared to what others in that locality demand for, because he s a very ‘good’ person. Somehow you convince yourself, it’s your money when you vacate the house. But the surprise in stock for you is need-to-repaint, house-not-clean, that ‘hardly noticeable’ wall crack because of the nail you had hit and many such reasons from the Landlord to swallow up the advance.
4. Maintenance and repairs
‘One call, if you have any problems’.
Either he doesn’t pick up or picks up and feigns shocks about the thing not working/broken. He argues and makes you believe that it was indeed in good condition before you came into the picture and You have done something. Oh, it’s your fault and definitely your money that goes into repair.
And the biggest of all,
5. Hot and in demand!
‘You know you are the fourth to enquire about this place for rent, since morning. The place is in high demand. Hurry up and decide ‘yes or no’.
I’ve got nothing to explain about it. Just that, this creates a sort of an urgency in the minds of the to-be-tenant and if the wife is also there, it becomes a sort of competition to get the place.
I’m sick and tired of house hunting. Yes, I’m about to move in to a new place because of tooooo many problems with the current one. Hence the above post! 😤