I love my home. It's a 2 bed open-plan flat but very well insulated so we can walk around in t-shirts in the winter if we want to and our heating is only number 2. It takes max 1 hour to clean and is lovely and light throughout with light wooden floors. We have a balcony where we can eat outside in the summer and a massive communal park/garden with different play areas and bbq areas etc (no roads to cross to get there!) We're only renting but I've just extended the contract for another 2 years and the landlord has fixed the rent for that period
If only it was that easy, we are currently having to gut our rental property after the current tenant has left us with a major damp problem from not airing the house properly. Leaving us having to replaster, and a specialist damp company to fix it.
Its going back on the market but we can only afford to do this for so long, I know we should keep the deposit but we are not. As it wasnt really deliberate, I just have to wait thats all.
Painful rents aren't just in the SE. Our 3 bed/dining hall/galley kitchen/lounge/bath/ensuite semi in the NW is £1600 pcm. It's a nice house (altho needs money spending on it) in a beautiful spot, but we do want more space now.