Sally and her boyfriend of 5 years lease a two-bedroom flat in Edinburgh (Image: Sally Aitken)
Every week we take a nostril round a distinct individual’s rented property and see how they’ve made it really feel like residence, then chat with them about their experiences of renting.
This time round we’re hanging out with Sally, 24, a pupil help assistant at a faculty in Edinburgh who’s planning to return to college to grow to be a main college instructor.
She’s lived in Edinburgh practically all her life, other than 4 years when she moved to Stirling for college.
For the final three years she’s rented a two-bedroom flat in Edinburgh along with her boyfriend of 5 years.
Hey, Sally! How a lot do you pay to stay right here?
We pay £600 for lease, which is extraordinarily low-cost for a two bed room flat in Edinburgh.
We might by no means be capable to afford a two bed room at the usual lease costs.
Payments, nevertheless, aren’t low-cost for this flat as now we have extraordinarily previous home windows and an previous again boiler. We pay round £150 for fuel and electrical every month! Plus wifi and many others…
The lease is simply £600 a month (Image: Sally Aitken)
And what do you get for what you pay?
We’re extraordinarily fortunate in that our rooms are fairly large. We’ve got two bedrooms, one rest room, lounge and kitchen.
Do you are feeling like you could have an excellent deal?
Sure we undoubtedly do have an excellent deal, solely as a result of we lease from a member of the family who owns the flat!
Do you want the realm?
Our flat is a couple of 45 minute stroll into the centre of Edinburgh and near the union canal and water of leith walkway.
It’s a good space with a lot of greenery, nevertheless as a result of I’m from the opposite aspect of Edinburgh by the ocean, I miss that rather a lot, and spend most of my time driving there to see family and friends.
The couple have been collectively for 5 years and lived right here for 3 (Image: Sally Aitken)
How did you discover the flat?
My boyfriends mum owns the flat, so we simply took it!
We didn’t have the posh of trying round for one thing we actually preferred, as a result of we couldn’t afford any greater than this flat, and with the Edinburgh property market we might by no means discover one thing this low-cost.
Do you are feeling like you could have sufficient house?
We do have greater than sufficient dwelling house within the flat, nevertheless my boyfriend loves his mountain biking, so if we had an out of doors shed or a bit extra storage it will be even higher!
How have you ever made this place really feel like residence?
The flat was in a whole state once we first moved in, I really burst into tears once I first noticed it.
However we’ve spent three years getting it simply how we wish it.
Combining my boyfriends joinery abilities and my very own love of inside design. We painted, obtained new carpets, a brand new bathtub room (due to my in-laws), and accrued all our furnishings second-hand.
I’ve a love for bargains, upcycling and crafting, if I see one thing I really like, I make it myself!
For instance I’ve made most of our mild shades, one thing I really like doing and infrequently promote them in my mums interiors store. I’ve a house instagram account known as @sallysroomedinburgh the place I doc all my residence DIYs and upcycles.
Sally is an enormous fan of upcycling and shopping for second-hand to maintain prices down (Image: Sally Aitken)
Have you ever discovered it troublesome to embellish when renting?
As a result of we lease from household, we’re so fortunate that they’ve given us full free reign to do no matter we like, however after all as a result of we don’t personal the place now we have performed all of it on a tiny finances.
Are there any points with the flat?
Simply the very fact it’s FREEZING practically on a regular basis, the heating prices a fortune and now we have actually previous draughty home windows, so winters will be robust!
Do you could have plans to maneuver once more any time quickly?
Positively, we’re prepared for a transfer now!
And what about proudly owning a spot?
I’m determined to purchase someplace, we each are. We wish out of the town, a bit cottage with a backyard on the outskirts of Edinburgh is our dream. We had been practically there nevertheless Covid-19 and the results of that on the deposit rising from 10% to 15-20% has put that on maintain for now, sadly.
Lets have a look round?
The lounge (Image: Sally Aitken)
Renting from a member of the family means Sally and her boyfriend have felt extra free to embellish the flat (Image: Sally Aitken)
That explains the dearth of boring magnolia partitions (Image: Sally Aitken)
Do you know that inexperienced is *the* kitchen shade of the second? (Image: Sally Aitken)
We’re large followers (Image: Sally Aitken)
Cute mugs (Image: Sally Aitken)
A pink hallway of goals (Image: Sally Aitken)
One of many two bedrooms, which has a candy pink theme (Image: Sally Aitken)
You’ll spot classic touches all through (Image: Sally Aitken)
The opposite bed room (Image: Sally Aitken)
What number of crops have you ever counted? (Image: Sally Aitken)
Lastly, the toilet (Image: Sally Aitken)
We do like that teal (Image: Sally Aitken)
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Should you fancy participating, please e-mail [email protected]. You’ll must take footage of your kitchen, lounge, rest room, and bed room, plus a number of photographs of you in your bed room or dwelling space.
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