Rosie shares a one-bedroom flat together with her accomplice, who she’s been with since she was 15 (Image: Rosie McGee)
Every week we take a nostril round somebody’s rented property and chat with them about their experiences on the planet of renting.
Final week we were (virtually) up in Leeds with Beverley.
This time round we’re chatting with Rosie, 23.
Rosie is a vogue graduate who’s at present working at an area authority for the Waste and Recycling division.
She grew up in Portsmouth and spent a while in Germany earlier than transferring to Southsea, Portsmouth, final 12 months, the place her accomplice has ‘virtually at all times’ lived.
The couple now share a one-bedroom flat in Southsea.
The whole hire is £700 a month (Image: Rosie McGee)
Hey, Rosie! How a lot do you pay to reside right here?
I reside with my accomplice and we share the prices of our flat. That is our first time dwelling with one another. We’ve been collectively since we have been 15 so it’s very nice to now reside with one another and have our personal area.
Lease is £700 per thirty days, excluding payments. Our gasoline and electrical is round £30 per thirty days, our TV and broadband is £49. Council tax is £96.
And what do you get for what you pay?
There’s the kitchen/front room, a center hallway/no man’s land and a bed room with an ensuite toilet.
Do you are feeling like you could have a great deal?
I believe we’ve got a comparatively whole lot contemplating the placement, I’m so comfortable being so near the seafront.
Nonetheless, for the scale of the flat, I do generally assume that it’s fairly costly however I’m comfortable right here so it doesn’t trouble me an excessive amount of.
What a bar cart! (Image: Rosie McGee)
Do you want the world?
We’re primarily based in Southsea, 5 minutes away from the seafront and a couple of minutes away from Palmerston Highway and Albert highway, the place virtually the entire outlets, bars and eating places are in Southsea.
I like dwelling right here. There’s a lot to see and do, I believe it’s a actual luxurious to reside so near the ocean and through lockdown it was a Godsend, as we don’t have a backyard or an out of doors area… I stored saying that Southsea Widespread and the seaside was our backyard!
How did you discover the flat?
We discovered the flat on RightMove and I fell in love with it immediately, it was the primary flat we seen and was put in a holding deposit down the identical day.
How have you ever made the flat really feel like residence?
I’ve made it really feel like residence by including some color, the flat is generally white, with a really mild gray worktop within the kitchen so I’ve added some pink within the dwelling space and a few inexperienced within the bed room – inexperienced bedding.
We’ve a beautiful pink bean bag within the dwelling space as we solely have a two-seater couch. My pals love sitting on the beanbag once they come over!
I like houseplants and have now acquired fairly a group. I believe they make the flat look actually fairly and completely different, they bring about a lot character to a room. I like watching the vegetation develop and get excited over a brand new leaf popping by means of.
Candles could make wherever really feel homely. I find it irresistible when it will get to the night and I can mild the candles, it makes it really feel very cosy in right here!
I even have a number of lamps within the bed room, hallway and dwelling space as this will make the rooms really feel heat and homely.
I do have a big stash of prints that I haven’t acquired spherical to framing, I believe as art work and posters are so private, this will make a house actually attention-grabbing and homely. Must get these put up!
These are some very organised cabinets (Image: Rosie McGee)
Have you ever discovered it troublesome to embellish when renting? Is your landlord pleased with you doing bits?
To be trustworthy, we haven’t embellished in any respect. We haven’t actually wanted to, it is extremely fashionable in right here and the whole lot was good because it was.
In fact I’d enhance issues in another way if it was ours, however I don’t really feel it’s essential to spend some huge cash on adorning or portray once we might want to put it again to the way it was if and once we left.
I like shopping for little equipment and ornamental gadgets to make it our personal reasonably than bodily portray partitions and altering issues.
We’ve put a number of prints on the partitions previously with command strips, however they don’t final that lengthy, which is annoying, I hope to place extra up however we try to keep away from placing nails within the partitions.
Do you are feeling like you could have sufficient area?
I believe it’s a good quantity of area for a pair and it’s positive for us. The kitchen may be very small and solely considered one of us can actually be within the kitchen, which may be annoying however we simply cope with it and take it in turns to prepare dinner anyway.
Our bed room is an effective dimension as is the lavatory, it doesn’t actually must be any greater because it’s simply the 2 of us.
Are there any issues with the house you need to cope with?
Probably not. It’s fairly a problem-free flat. Our boiler has damaged a few occasions however our landlord kindly changed that for us the second or third time it broke.
We generally do discover ourselves getting aggravated on the noise from outdoors, as we’re so near the primary highway, pubs and bars. It appears as if since lockdown individuals are noisier and keep out later. The 10pm curfew could remedy this short-term although..
Do you could have plans to maneuver once more any time quickly?
Undoubtedly, I don’t assume we will probably be right here for much longer. Not as a result of I don’t prefer it however extra as a result of we wish to discover different locations, probably even out of the UK.
Though I can’t think about ever dwelling someplace that I’m not a 5 minute stroll away from the seaside, I’ve actually acquired used to that now.
Do you need to personal a spot some day or are you cheerful to hire?
For the time being I’m comfortable to hire however we each would positively prefer to personal a spot someday.
I’d like to renovate a home and make it fully my very own – knock some partitions down and begin from scratch however I’m not in any rush to do this.
We could take a look round?
Welcome to the lounge (Image: Rosie McGee)
It’s an open plan area with the kitchen (Image: Rosie McGee)
That beanbag is a favorite place for company to take a seat (Image: Rosie McGee)
You’re going to identify a *lot* of vegetation on this place (Image: Rosie McGee)
See? (Image: Rosie McGee)
Rosie hasn’t performed a lot adorning, preferring to purchase vibrant equipment (Image: Rosie McGee)
The kitchen (Image: Rosie McGee)
What a clear kitchen (Image: Rosie McGee)
There’s a pleasant working from residence setup too (Image: Rosie McGee)
Effectively, thanks, pc screens (Image: Rosie McGee)
Up the steps we go (Image: Rosie McGee)
The hallway/no man’s land (Image: Rosie McGee)
The bed room (Image: Rosie McGee)
Cute, proper? (Image: Rosie McGee)
Extra vegetation, after all (Image: Rosie McGee)
Lastly, the lavatory (Image: Rosie McGee)
With, yep, much more vegetation (Image: Rosie McGee)
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