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June 9, 2012

Joseph asks…

Looking for advice on moving and breaking a lease in Australia …?

I now live in Sydney, Australia. I signed a standard 1-year lease from February 2011 to January 2012 for a single bedroom apartment. After 5 months of moving in (June 2011), my landlord decided to put the apartment up for sale on the market. I am allowed to stay in the apartment until January 2012. What is really annoying are the weekly/bi-weekly open houses which are about 1 hour long. Every Saturday my apartment is opened to the public and I have been trying my best to clean it the night before (I want the apartment to sell ASAP because I hate these open houses). The apartment has been on the market for over 2 months and still nothing. In my opinion, it’s overpriced. It’s only attracting investors, not home buyers hoping to move in right away. I have a strong feeling it won’t be sold until next year and I have to deal with these open houses. The open houses are tiresome, the apartment has to be perfectly tidy and clean every week (which is ok) and it’s very uncomfortable for me with people dropping by every week (I sometimes wait outside during the showings). I would like to move.

Would it be reasonable to propose to my landlord to move out?

For example, some options:
1. Ask for 2 weeks free rent and 1 month notice to move out. (I have to pay for moving costs and transfering my phone/Internet connections). Hopefully this would attract buyers that want to move in ASAP.
2. Negotiate a firm date to move out. (A bit risky for the owner because if they don’t sell the apartment by X date, then no one would be occupying the apartment).

Administrator answers:

It sounds like that would be a fairly reasonable request to make of your landlord. I am assuming that your residential lease didn’t contemplate this situation occurring, and this does appear to be a fairly material change.

Laura asks…

new to sydney, time to adjust..?

Hey, first time im on here. Im 26yo male living in Sydney now having moved out of NZ, found a really great job and got my own apartment sorted out which is all very awesome but im quite lonely. Only been here 3 months but it was a massive rut of depression which made me drop everything and try life in a new country and i still have tinges of it. I have a bit of trouble keeping my head up in social work situations sometimes because the people I work with are hardcore sales, players and perfect 10′s and the like. I do OK mixing with them at work but outside of work I just want some fun, down to earth peeps to hang out with who dont care if your watch is coordinated with your shoes before they will talk to you (lol), and girls who don’t consider shooting guys down as a fun night out.. So my question is this – anyone know where the chill people in Sydney hang out? I just seem to meeting a bunch of mouthbreathers and I’d love to share my life and learn with more people. Im taking a couple of community classes for fun so we’ll see if that brings results but yea.. anyone know?
Also, what made you feel like you fit in the best if you’ve moved to a new place recently? Ive only been here a couple of months and I expect it takes longer than that but im kinda lonely..

Administrator answers:

You gotta make some contacts. Maybe you could try getting to know more people in your workplace? If not, you could always try going to night clubs or be a regular at a busy restaurant and try to meet people. Try to be outgoing and if you see someone interesting, try starting up a conversation.

Betty asks…

Am I rushing in to everything too fast?

Hi, sorry if this is long in advance and thank you so much to anyone who takes the time to read and answer it :)

Since my Mum got sick and died, I have been thinking about what *I* want out of life, and what I want to do with my life. So I have been looking through real estate just in case I found an apartment/unit or small house for cheap and I looked up a tiny town near the Snowy Mountains (Australian’s might know where that is, it’s like 6 hours from Sydney) and ironically our old house was for sale, we moved out of it when I was 2 after my dad died and moved to Sydney. I have always wanted to move back there (we go down there every winter for 3 weeks on a ski holiday) and the house is very cheap too (needs a lot done to it, but it’s livable).

Anyway seeing as it is coming in to winter here, I thought that if I did decide to move down there, I could easily get a job at one of the ski resorts and teach/help small kids to ski or snowboard (I have been doing both for as long as I can remember) and seeing as my godfather lives there and co-owns the Thredbo resort, I’m pretty sure he could figure out something for me to do. Anyway, after winter and after the ski season is over, I can work in a family friends work (he owns – what is now a hotel – but owns a ski hire shop) and he called last night offering his condolences about my mum, so while he was on the phone I asked him about his shop and he said he always knew I would call up one day about it and that there would *always* be a job there for me.

Anyway, just working in his shop wouldn’t pay for rent on a house or wouldn’t pay to keep a house, so I also called up one of our closest family friends who owns the general store in the town I want to move to and also lives across the road from our old house, and she said that she is always looking for more people to help her run the store, because it’s such a small town, not many people want to work in the general store.

As far as schooling goes, I can finish out this year at the local high school and do my school certificate, then see if I want to go through to year 12, if I do and decide I want to go to UNI, there is one not too far away, but if I don’t I can do a full course in becoming a ski and snowboard instructor and then after 2 years of working in Australia and New Zealand, I can go to other countries when it is winter there and teach there, there is potentially a lot of money in that.

But if I decide to stay here in Sydney (not really where I pictured my life anyway, I don’t like the city), I will have to live with my grandma and my two sisters, in my grandmas two bedroom flat…But one of my sisters is also looking to move out after this year, but wants to stay in Sydney.

Also if I decide to stay in Sydney, I wont have to move schools (not that that is anything big for me) and I wont have to get a job, yet. However, UNI is pretty much set in stone for if I stay here, my grandma wants me to go to UNI and has offered to pay for it, the only thing is, I cant think of anything I really want to do at UNI, I would probably study art and design…I don’t know.

And finally, if I decide to stay in Sydney, I will have to move out within 3 years probably anyway and housing is A LOT more expensive here, being in an expensive area and very close to Sydney City.

So, sorry that was so long. But what would you do if you were in that situation?

Thanks!

- Katy ?

PS: Sorry if it makes no sense! I was kind of rushing that whole thing.
Like I said, we used to live there and we go every year and I never want to leave. Also, the only family I have now is my Grandma and sisters because my brother moved to Port Maquarie…There are a lot of family friends and my godparents down there.
Blatantbullshit or whatever your name is. Please keep your lame opinion to yourself. You didn’t even answer my question…I could report you, but I won’t.

Administrator answers:

WOW! I really think you thought about so much here! Good for you! I am also sorry to hear that your mom has passed. I think it would be good for you to get the house you used to live in, pending you have thought about the amount of money you would make and that you can really afford the bills you are going to have. You have jobs lined up but will you be able to do house hold repairs and pay your living expenses with the income you will generate? I do think that living with your grandmother will allow you to grow up at a slower pace instead of forcing yourself into so much responsibility right after such a tragic event in your life. I also feel that maybe you want to do this growing up because it will help you grieve and deal with the loss of your mother by being responsible for yourself and growing up in a way respectful of your mom.

David asks…

Do you agree Melbourne & Australia is pretty average?

I am 24 years old and have lived in Melbourne Australia all my life.

I have backpacked Europe several months and the USA for several months as well.

Having seen alot of the world, I often wonder why Australians continuously say “This is the best country in the world!” or “Mate, we live in the lucky country eh!” or most often “It’s good to travel overseas but it makes you realise how lucky we are to live here!”

Whilst I think Australia and Melbourne is comfortable to live in, I don’t think it’s necessarily “the best place in the world!” when compared to other countries. Why? See below

a) Australia has only 3 “big” cities – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane. Once you’ve seen and explored them several times there is not much else busy going on.

b) Melbourne lacks beaches. The port is dirty. Beaches in places like Cairns and Far North Queensland are shut in Summer because of deadly box jellyfish that move in.

c) Housing is extremely unaffordable. 6.5 time the average household income per year (compared to 3x in the USA). If you want to live “inner city” in Melbourne which is about 20-30 mins away from the city in decent subarbs without hoons, crime and gangs you pay literally millions for a house and hundreds of thousands for units of apartments with no land.

d) Prices – Prices are insanely high and inflation is growing. Also caused by the drought. I mean, $3.50 for a 600ml bottle of coke? that is ridiculous. Any dinner at a restaurant that’s decent costs $25-$50 these days and meat prices have shot up. Also everything imported costs so much more than the US/Europe because of Australia’s tiny population and distance away from the rest of the developed world.

e) Transport – Transport, even in big cities like Melbourne and Sydney is totally sub-par. There is no underground railway, and trains are slow, over-clogged and do not run efficiently. Often to go from East to West by train you have to go North then change trains and come back down. Trams are slow, clogged, inefficient, almost always late and yet the Gov’t continuously promotes them over cars, even to the extent that major roads in the city have lost all but 1 lane, to trams that don’t event run continuously!

f) Tax – Australians are some of the most heavily taxed people in the world. GST (Sales tax) is at 10%, Income Taxes are high, Stamp duty on property is 5%!!!, Capital Gains Tax is high, Luxury Car tax is at 140% of the car’s value!!!, car “registration” is approximately $600 and road toll’s are increasingly common, Superannuation (retirement savings) are taxed at 15%, Businesses are taxed at 30%, Alcohol is taxed at 40% – where the hell does all this tax money go?

g) Proximity – Australia is far away from Europe and the USA. Even Asia. Any time you want to see anything other than the “lucky country” it’s going to cost you about $2,000+ to fly out of here.

h) Crime – Crime is on the rise, largely due to poor immigration choices of unskilled, unintelligent migrants from Africa and the Middle East. The city of Melbourne and Sydney is dangerous at night with all of the gangs around.

Administrator answers:

I think a lot of the people that say that haven’t traveled and just base their decision on what they’ve seen on tv. I don’t think that its the best country in the world, but it is up there. Think about it we have: beautiful beaches and coral reefs, rainforest’s and Very exotic animals unique to Australia and big cities. Not many countries have ALL that!

George asks…

New city, new start, want to meet new peeps?

Hey, first time im on here. Im 26yo male living in Sydney now having moved out of NZ, found a really great job and got my own apartment sorted out which is all very awesome but im quite lonely. Only been here 3 months but it was a massive rut of depression which made me drop everything and try life in a new country and i still have tinges of it. I have a bit of trouble keeping my head up in social work situations sometimes because the people I work with are hardcore sales, players and perfect 10′s and the like. I do OK mixing with them at work but outside of work I just want some fun, down to earth peeps to hang out with who dont care if your watch is coordinated with your shoes before they will talk to you (lol), and girls who don’t consider shooting guys down as a fun night out.. So my question is this – anyone know where the chill people in Sydney hang out? I just seem to meeting a bunch of mouthbreathers and I’d love to share my life and learn with more people. Im taking a couple of community classes for fun so we’ll see if that brings results but yea.. anyone know?
Also, what made you feel like you fit in the best if you’ve moved to a new place recently? Ive only been here a couple of months and I expect it takes longer than that but im kinda lonely..

Administrator answers:

I don’t live in Sydney, or in Australia for that matter, but maybe going to a coffee shop? Or a park? Somewhere where people aren’t there to try and pick people up for the night. I think those would be a good place to start. Also, if you are religious at all, maybe some church groups would work out. Maybe you could also find some work out buddies at a local gym or something.

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