The following are a sequence of events which may or may not conclude by the time this post is published ( 30th January 2020 ).
August or September 2019: My flatmate E tells me she wants to move
September – November 2019: I stress myself thinking about having to move. Later E suggests that we can move together to a new place. I like the idea and we look for places.
December 2019: E sends me TradeMe listings for places which I reject as they don’t suit me. Eventually we realize that we are not going to be able to move together. We discuss our options. I love our current place, so I want to stay. The only way I can do that is if I buy the house furniture from E. She is willing to sell it off.
5th Jan: I book tickets for my flight to the Homeland. I will be heading out in the first week of February.
11th January 2020: E gives her 21 days notice to the landlords. We make the assumption that we can easily replace her on the contract.
Our landlords usually are prompt in their responses but this time, we don’t hear back from them.
E advertises her room on Facebook Marketplace. A potential flatmate H looks at her room. He is cool.
12th January: H brings his partner around to view the flat. I guess he really liked it. E texts the landlords and inform them that there is a couple who are interested.
13th January 2020: Landlords finally reply. They don’t like the fact that E has tried to find a replacement. They would like to meet anybody who wants to rent the room.
E & I want the couple to move in. However, the couple work in hospitality, and the landlord don’t want to rent to hospitality workers as they work unusual shifts. The landlord wants to make sure that they are ‘professional’ and work full time.
They are chefs and usually finish work by 4pm, we tell the landlords. The landlords are willing to meet.
14th January 2020: Some other folks come to view the room. S came to look at the house but her deal was her partner would be staying half a week. I was skeptical of this as I knew it would only be a matter of time before the partner moves in full time. I didn’t like her much and after viewing she said she doesn’t want the room.
Our landlords, H and his partner M agree to meet. At this point I am panicking as I don’t trust anyone. I start looking into other rooms for myself to move into in case the couple & landlords don’t agree.
I inform the landlords that I would like to get new flatmates sorted quick as I won’t be staying in the house for most of the February.
15th January 2020: I view a house close by. It is in shambles, barely worth the amount they were charging. But I don’t turn it down. If I get desperate and I need to move out soon, I would pick any.
16 Jan: The couple and landlords meet. I sit back and let them talk. They like each other.
17th Jan: Landlords want them to move in. E & I rejoice.
However, the couple don’t respond for a day. I start getting twitchy again. Landlord calls me to make sure that the couple still want to move in. I don’t have an answer.
18th Jan: Couple finally respond yes they are willing to move in.
20 Jan: E still hasn’t decided when she wants to move out. The landlords ask me to confirm her move out date and the couple’s move in date. I do and I realize that the couple want to move in by 27th whereas E wants to leave by 31st.
My rent is reduced as the couple will be paying a higher share. E starts packing her bags. I don’t let myself relax as I realize that I now own all of the house furniture and until the couple sign the contract, something could still go wrong.
23th Jan: E & I sign off on our old bond. E will be submitting the bond refund form.
25 Jan: I meet the cat owner. She is nice and I make it clear that during Feb she would have to take the cats to the cattery as I can’t take care of them.
27th Jan: I start cleaning E’s stuff. I expected it to be easy. Turns out she had so much stuff that I cleaned 80% of the pantry. My opinion of her changed as I realized she is probably the laziest person I know.
26th Jan: E moves out. She leaves a bunch of perishables behind. I should have made her clean her stuff.
For example: she had unopened coffee which expired in 2017.
Most of the things were expired. I manage to clean out most of the things.
The couple visit. We finally sign the new contract & bond. I have a pizza and coke to celebrate (closest & cheapest things to buy).
29th Jan: The couple move in. I’m not at home when they move in. I’m finally relieved.