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I can't believe this is still happening in this day and age

rmsoansphotography is off-line
10 October 2014 17:42
digimarx
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Quote from Amber6
Still seems bizarre. A lot of my friends are freelance sound engineers, which means not only do they do shifts, but seriously antisocial shifts (sometimes finishing at 12am-10am!) and I don't recall them ever having problems renting. Sure they may not be suitable for every house share, but no one is. As I said before, there is a huge percentage of the population who don't work 9-5 (I myself, only have ever worked 9-5 two years of my life, and that doesn't count as it was a job in music, where we were expected to be out in the evening as well, socialising).
Also, London is quite different than most of the UK, as it's so bloody overpriced, people are still in flatmate situations well into middle age, often So as long as you are perhaps trying to live in a property with people in at a similar stage in life (I can see why you might not be a good fit for say, three 18 year old girls to share with), I don't know how it can be too difficult.
Good luck anyway, I hate moving!




It is bizarre, but this is what London seems to have come to, very fussy landlords, knowing that rooms are going very fast


rmsoansphotography is off-line
11 October 2014 05:35
digimarx
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I guess the only reason why some male landlords only want females, is.....I think I will leave that to your imagination, lol


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11 October 2014 07:12
stolenfaces
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Quote from digimarx
I guess the only reason why some male landlords only want females, is.....I think I will leave that to your imagination, lol



I think it's actually because girls are generally tidier/cleaner and less likely to trash the place.

If you don't understand why people are not offering you rooms that you apply for (and just think it's discrimination) that probably indicates that you have an attitude which isn't going down well with prospective sharers or landlords.

Landlords are normally interested in (in order of importance)
1)Whether you can/will pay the rent (ie do you have a secure job),
2)Are you going to trash the place ?,
3)Will you get on with other residents (or will you drive the other tenants away)
4)Will you stay for a reasonable amount of time (getting new tenants costs time and money).
If anything about your answers, appearance or attitude is giving the landlord the impression that one of those may be a problem... then he won't rent to you.

Working shifts can be a good thing for other occupants if you are always out in the evenings and flatmates are working in the day it can give you all more space/freedom when you are in.
Like any dealer he was watching for the card that is so high and wild he'll never need to deal another...


Andrew Gibbins is off-line
12 October 2014 05:15
andrew_gibbins
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My suggestion is to go to Spareroom.co.uk and get a room where there is no live in landlord. Plenty of those advertised. When doing so, they are less discriminating than the live in landlords, and might prove easier for you to get.

On another note, when I got back to Sheffield, I wanted to rent a room as well, being that I needed someplace cheap while building my economy, getting a job, and so on. I am a near 40 year old Caucasian male, and had no issues getting a room. Took me all but one day, and I did that prior to going back here.

But yeah, I suggest you get a room from a landlord who doesn't live on the premises. That way, it might be easier.


rmsoansphotography is off-line
12 October 2014 06:54
digimarx
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Quote from stolenfaces


I think it's actually because girls are generally tidier/cleaner and less likely to trash the place.

If you don't understand why people are not offering you rooms that you apply for (and just think it's discrimination) that probably indicates that you have an attitude which isn't going down well with prospective sharers or landlords.

Landlords are normally interested in (in order of importance)
1)Whether you can/will pay the rent (ie do you have a secure job),
2)Are you going to trash the place ?,
3)Will you get on with other residents (or will you drive the other tenants away)
4)Will you stay for a reasonable amount of time (getting new tenants costs time and money).
If anything about your answers, appearance or attitude is giving the landlord the impression that one of those may be a problem... then he won't rent to you.

Working shifts can be a good thing for other occupants if you are always out in the evenings and flatmates are working in the day it can give you all more space/freedom when you are in.



I have also seen male landlord advertise and I have sent a message to them only for them to say "I am looking just for female.", I've had also a letting agent drop an advert, only to put it up a week later after I had phoned the letting agent who by his name, only beginning with M (I don't think PS will allow me to post personal details on here), only for spareroom to not do anything about it but stick up for the advertisers, and to say that girls are "tidier" pffft, that stinks, sorry, but that does, and not from my experience are girls tidier



rmsoansphotography is off-line
24 October 2014 10:58
digimarx
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Oh well, I will be back in business from next week hopefully....yup, I found one that didn't use age, wasn't sexist, or one bordering on racist, or any rubbish excuse regarding them letting me view the room...



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