Living in a Rented House

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I have lived in rented homes for the entirety of my adult life, so I feel as though I know a thing or two about being a tenant. Although we dream of owning our own home one day, it is somewhat unlikely due to the fact that we live in an area where house prices are really high, and somehow they are still increasing. We've already had to move out of my hometown of Cambridge as even rental properties have become extortionately expensive, so we now live in one of the satellite towns which is far more affordable.

We try to make the most out of living in a rented house; it is our home and we don't see our situation changing in the near future, so we want to live in the nicest environment we can. The most important thing to us is that we feel comfortable and safe, so we try to look after the house as well as we possibly can. Thankfully when you're renting that's a two way thing, as it is also the landlord's responsibility to ensure that the house is looked after and that any problems are dealt with. We're quite lucky that we haven't had any major problems in any of the places we've rented, but I know that isn't always the case.


One thing that is really important to think about when you're renting a home is insurance. The company HomeLet have put together a really helpful infographic which gives you all the facts and figures you need to know about insurance, for both landlords and tenants. I was shocked to find out that landlords are not legally required to have insurance, as I would have assumed it was a necessity. I think that it just highlights how important it is that you have your own as a tenant in order to ensure that your belongings are covered should anything happen. Losing our home and all our belongings is one of my biggest fears, and having contents insurance makes me feel much more secure.


We're actually planning on moving house within the next few years as we'd love to settle somewhere new before Zach starts school. Ideally we'd love to move somewhere with an extra bedroom, and also with parking as we currently don't have any and it is a nightmare when people come round to visit. I am already dreading the idea of moving as I find it such a stressful experience, but I look forward to finding a new house to make our home. I still hope that one day we will be able to buy a house, and I will continue to dream about how I would decorate it, and pray that one day I will live in somewhere without any magnolia walls.

*This post was written in collaboration with HomeLet, all opinions are my own*

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