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  1. Hi lastlaugh Thanks for the advice. We have now managed to find somewhere at last, and should be moving in a couple of weeks. We spent several days down there this time, and took the kids with us. We made sure we asked several times at the viewings and any second viewings that it was ok we had children (and a cat!). I suppose in the past we've been able to go somewhere and find a place to rent in a day. With children that just isn't possible, so by going there for a few days, and making sure the landlord was happy and all the fees and deposits were paid before we left, we've avoided another f
  2. Thanks for your reply - any advice about how to deal directly with landlords, or find them in the first place? There's much more on rightmove and with estate agents that I can ever seem to find advertised privately in the local paper or on Gumtree. It doesn't help of course that we're living 150 miles away at the moment though. Cheers, Duncan
  3. Thanks, I hope we do too. The real problem is that the vast majority of family homes for rent in the area we want to live are let to students, so when one comes up that isn't and then the landlandy doesn't want to let to a family, it's a bit gutting. Especially as we've got a 300 mile round trip to do any more viewings! I guess it could take longer than I initially thought, that's all. Anyway, thanks to anyone that's read this thread and signed the petition.
  4. Good to hear things worked out for you. I think the landlady has been in business for a while, and used to rent to students. Now she's after the "professional couple" so beloved of BTLers these days. Kinda makes me wonder what an "amateur couple" would be like - "no, we don't make any money from it, we're just a couple for fun, on the weekends"
  5. Exactly. I'd have no problem with a landlord rejecting children on the grounds that he's renting out a flat in a retirement block, but the idea that it's perfectly legal in this country to discriminate against families when renting out family homes is quite bizarre. And, as I mentioned above, not legal in other countries like the USA, Canada, New Zealand and probably most of the rest of Europe (although I haven't checked everywhere). This, combined with the shortage of Council homes, means that many families will stretch themselves considerably in order to buy - and we all know where that lea
  6. The letting agent did spend some time talking to the landlady, telling her how nice we were etc. etc., and the landlady was definitely aware of the twins' ages. I think the problem from her point of view is that she felt children would mean more wear and tear to her newly-refurbished house, spllages on carpets, marks on walls, that sort of thing I suppose. Of course, that's what a deposit is for, and there's no guarantee that a "professional couple" (which is what she said she wanted, even though the agent hadn't known) wouldn't be more destructive to the house than 2 small children. Plus we'r
  7. Hi all We've just been looking at places to rent in Portsmouth and found the perfect house - 3 bedrooms, small garden, nice and clean, just down the road from a local school. We signed all the papers and waited to hear back from the agents. A couple of days later, they phoned us and told us that despite their efforts, the landlady would not be persuaded to accept us because of our two (very lovely) children (twins, aged 20 months if anyone's interested). So the search continues. Hey ho, so it goes, but I thought I'd check out the legal situation, and it turns out it's illegal to discriminate
  8. Very true. You also have to take into account the benefits that accrue to people as an indirect result of public spending. Of particular relevance to this forum are of course land/property prices, which have risen rather alot recently. The reason they are high and able to rise (when compared to somewhere of the same size in the sahara desert) is that public money is spent on infrastructure, eg, roads, schools, hospitals and also on things such as the police. Suddenly, the wealthiest 10%, who have benefited considerably from recent property price rises as I understand, don't look so generous a
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