PRIVATE RENTING.

HI folks, been a while, hope you are well, been settling into my new home so been very busy, well its nice to be back, today I would like to talk about PRIVATE RENTING.

When I decided to pack up and come down to England, I knew I would have to rent privately, unlike Scotland, it is ver near impossible to get a council home unless you are homeless or have medical reasons, and when I say medical reasons, I am talking about one foot in the grave lol.

Everyone knows in this Country there is a shortage of housing, the homeless figures are astronomical, there are people who prefer to live on the streets and wouldn't know what to do, or couldn't cope if they got a place to live, that is their choice and it should be respected, however there are people who cannot for love nor money get a council or housing association home for love nor money.

So I moved down here, my daughters kindly sought a rental home for me so I could move down to be with them, they chose a lovely house, 1 bedroom in a village called Broadbridge Heath, a quiet (then) now it is like a city with new developments popping up everywhere, 

The rents are astronomical in this neck of the woods, back in 2009 when I arrived I was paying  550.00 per calendar month, which then was very expensive considering I left a 2 bed huge flat in Edinburgh paying roughly 400.

I just had to accept this as I needed somewhere to live.
So not only do you have the rent, you also have to pay fees, deposits and admin charges, so the bill accumulates into a large figure before you even move in.

The landlady I had was amazing, she really took an interest in her tenant and carried out improvements without even seeing the property.

I was very happy in this property, until my landlady sadly passed away and her daughter took over, thats when the fun started, I will give her ,her due, she kept the rent at 550.00 for a few years, but last year she put in a new bathroom and decided to hike the rent up to 750.00 pcm.

This was too much for me to afford and it resulted in me paying too much rent, giving me the opportunity to get on the housing list under affordability.

I know there are millions in the position I was in, and I really think its a licence to print money, you have not got many rights and if the rent goes up you either pay or leave, thats the options you have, landlords have you by the short and curlies.

I am now happy in an affordable home, and the pressure has lifted immensely.

The moral of this story is, your not alone, many people struggle daily with high rents and some of  the properties are awful.

I hope you have a nice day..

William.

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NORTH KOREA BLUES

Hi folks, hope you are well, I have been moving home so couldn't get to my blogs of late but I am back.
I want to talk about a harrowing video I watched on Facebook, which not only turned my stomach but brought a tear to my eye.

The video was of a young girl, who had escaped from North Korea through the Gobi desert with her friends. to safety and freedom.
Can you imagine the will power and determination you would need to take on such a journey? The danger is beyond human expectation, but you will do anything to escape tyranny.

The young girl spoke out on a platform, informing the World what it is like to live in North Korea.
When she systematically went through the horrors of a regime hell bent on tyranny it was sad, we take for granted in our democracies everything we have, and yet we still complain, we complain about silly, immaterial issues and we don't know how damn lucky we are.

She told us about life in North Korea, she told us of people being murdered for no reason, she told us about people being murdered for reading magazines??

There is only one tv channel there, it spews regime shit all the time, there are no, programmes, soaps, adverts its all about the regime.

It must be hellish, living in a Country with a dictator hell bent on ending humanity, a Dictator who Governs in fear, because all the people are terrified to do the everyday things we take for granted.

At the end of the interview the young girl broke down, and pleaded for help for her people, even though she was safe, and will now be able to live her life in peace.

The next time you gripe about the weather, or moan about your day being bad, sit back, relax, and think about this sorrowful life the North Korean people are subjected to on a daily basis.

Take care.

William.

NORTH KOREA



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