Renting Sucks

I have determined that renting an apartment sucks, majorly. Unfortunately there’s nothing I can do about it as I’m not ready to buy anything. (In fact, the very idea of owning a home makes me feel old. I’m not ready to be “old” yet.) But geez, why does rent have to be so ridiculous?

Louie and I live in SoMA, and I understand rent in this neighborhood isn’t cheap but come on. It went up $300 last year, and now it’s going up $500 this year! I wish it was rent-controled, but for rent control in San Francisco you need to live in a pre-1978 building, which probably isn’t going to happen for us since older buildings are (1) smaller and (2) Louie doesn’t like them anyway.

I just don’t feel like our apartment is worth that much more money. Don’t get me wrong, the location is very convenient commute-wise (I walk a few blocks) and our apartment is a decent size for the two of us (almost 700 sq feet, I think). There’s just so much I don’t like. I don’t like that we don’t have many windows and that we’re near ground level, plus we live across the street from an abandoned high rise building that blocks all the sun. So the lighting in our apartment is downright dreary, especially when the days are shorter. (When the days are longer, in the Spring/Summer, it isn’t so bad.) Speaking of the abandoned building, they have started doing construction on that in the past few months and while they seem to be making decent progress it’s no fun living across the street from an active construction zone. Louie complains that they wake him every day at 7 am. (Luckily for me, in this case, I’m a heavy sleeper.)

With all that in mind, we’re looking to move. Louie really wants a loft, so I’ve been trying to find some in our price range but they get snatched up so fast! It’s like WHOOOOSH GONE. We have an appointment today at noon to see two lofts in Potrero Hill, and I really hope we like at least one of them so we can apply for it right away. They’re both available in mid-May, which is perfect since that is exactly when our lease is up for our current place. I called to schedule the viewing last Tuesday but the real estate agent had said that one of them was already being applied for. See what I mean? WHOOOOSH!

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  • Reply George Charles Hartman May 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Talk about greed and taking advantage. Doesn’t the landlord have to justify this ridiculous increase? Like home taxes going up? Your stuck because, whatta gonna do…move? Owning a home IS a solution but when you love the city there’s no turning back

  • Reply Miranda May 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Good things always have a way of going crazy fast. I hope you’re able to find something soon. It’s crappy that your rent has increased that much!

  • Reply Christina May 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I hate renting an apartment or a duplex. We are currently living in a duplex and we hate it! Ideally we were happiest renting a house. I would love to find a house in the area to rent. I don’t like the idea of buying because I want to be able to pack up and leave if a job opportunity arises. Plus I like when something breaks, I don’t have to pay to have it fixed. 🙂

  • Reply Clarity Star June 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    OMG! I’ve always wanted to visit San Fran and if I liked it I might have wanted to move there. I know all about expensive living and rent since I’m from LA. But damn! That is so shocking and scary to think about. We actually moved to another city for lower rent. I can’t even imagine. I would be so overwhelmed by that. I can’t believe landlords can do that. It’s outrageous.

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