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singme Wed 06-Jul-16 21:12:26

Really quite worried!

Tenancy of our current flat ends in 2 weeks.

About 2 months ago DP and I started looking for a new rental property. At this point we knew that DP would be visiting a terminally ill relative in his home country around this time, so we wanted to sort out a new place before he left.

It's a popular city, but I had no idea. Rang up for newly advertised flats every day to be told there's a waiting list for viewings already, or viewings are only between 10-4 and no evenings or weekends. Applied for a couple of places and were unsuccessful. Work not very flexible for either of us just due to the nature of the job, so can't see properties on lunch break etc.

Found a flat the day before DP left the country, paid the holding fee there and then. The agents were apprehensive that he wouldn't be available for meetings but they were happy with signing and scanning via email.

Now it's the day before we are meant to get the keys. DP has no access to a printer apparently, although he has wifi.

I am happy to go and sign the lease myself, pay the deposit and first months rent, would even pay 2 months rent if they are worried re: security. We definitely aren't going to back out, but DP can't get to a printer to print and sign the lease for another couple of days confused

Surely this has happened before? I'm worried that the agents will pull out and we won't be able to find anywhere else to live in time!

I can understand that it's a risk for them, but has anyone got any experience of this? Can we get round it?

Sleepingbunnies Wed 06-Jul-16 21:14:19

I would sign for him.grin I signed for my DH when we.gpt.our current tenancy.

singme Wed 06-Jul-16 21:24:33

Do you mean as a proxy or do you mean unofficially? Needs a witness to the signature anyway. I wish they could accept a verbal or emailed assent from him, if he rang up that is actually much better than a scanned piece of paper, and it's only a few days

MassiveStrumpet Wed 06-Jul-16 21:24:37

My husband has forged my signature on occasion when necessary.

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