Guys and Gals,
It’s been officially 10 days in Sydney now. As with me at every new place, I’m not finding Sydney a very good place. However, given the fact that, how bad i can be – when it comes to first impression I’m waiting for Sydney to prove wrong.
Staying in hyderabad for around 5 years, Singapore for 3 years and Sydney for 10 days – I’m finding differences that I would prefer to write down – rather than eat my husband’s brain.
1. Renting a house
In hyderabad, you can advertise online, but that’s not how most people will find you. A cardboard with your house details will be left hanging in front or around the house/apartment, with contact numbers listed. Local newspapers are a great idea too. We can just call up, and the owner will fix up the time. You can view the house, and negotiate/ ask the owner to do some work on the house before you rent/ do yourself and cut it from the next month’s rent. Generally, 2 months in advance is what they ask for. Property agents are also a viable option and they will demand a portion of your monthly rental once the deal is confirmed. There’s very little good public transport — so bike/car would do you good while getting around in the city.
Good thing : You can NEGOTIATE the rent and lot of other things.
Bad thing: People CHEAT. So, please take your Indian/ Hyderabadi friend along when finalizing the house. There aren’t a lot of questions you can ask.
In Singapore, we find agents everywhere. Property is usually advertised on THE STRAITS TIMES on sunday where you call up and fix the appointments. The agent will pick you up, take you around in car and show you the property. Depending on the owner, the rental may or may not be negotiable. The first thing you’ll notice when searching a house is that people prefer tenants with a certain race, and will not want ones with certain race. Although you crib about it at first,but you’ll realize that more problems await you if you are associated with an owner with racial mindset. The public transport is highly efficient but it may take you hours to go from one place to another. visit http://www.gothere.sg to find out 🙂
They take your 1 or 2 months salary as deposit and will return to you only if the lease is completed AND the owner finds the house in good condition. Now, this will get very tricky and if the owner has made up his mind not to return you the money – you will be at your wit’s end convincing the owner and failing. Preferably, take ones closer to MRT – they would be a bit costly but all worth the money.
Never get carried away by lot of things the agents say. See everything for yourself and then decide.
Good thing : You get the attention of agents , and will have rentals advertised in news papers and online.
Bad thing: If you are unlucky, you’ll have to forget your deposit. Unfortunately, no body can help you with this. Just remember that, during such cases the rental agent will just disappear from the scene.
In sydney, properties are usually listed in websites. There are two prominent ones : http://www.domain.com.au and http://www.realestate.com.au. When you see the advertisement, usually there are “Open for Inspection Times” listed, on nearest Saturdays or sometimes weekdays. What this means is, the agent will open the house to view for that 15 minutes and will lock the house and go away after that. There is no one-on-one dealing and if you are late for inspection, you are late. You’ll have be spot on and be there in the 15 mins the house is open for inspection. Once you confirm the house, you pay 1 month in bond and 2 weeks advance. After you move in, you don’t pay the 2 weeks rental and the bond stays with them until you’ve rented their house. the property agent gets a % cut on your rent every week. Oh ya, and forgot to mention – you pay the rent every WEEK, opposed to Singapore and Hyderabad where you pay monthly. You apply for the rental, and wait for the result. Usually, you’ll get to know the result in a day or two.
Good thing: the security deposit stays with government, and is given back once your lease is completed.
Bad thing: If you are a working expat, and searching home to bring your family, you’re dead. Most places are open for inspection only on saturday and the application gets processed only on coming monday. It may take much longer than you thought. Look out for suburbs.
This is lengthy post, still leaving me lot of things to blog about.
I may be wrong at several places in the post, but all the above is based on my personal experiences. Feel free to comment. Thanks.