Meet Sarah and Anthony (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
Welcome once again to What I Rent, our weekly series that explores how people turn their rented properties into a place they call home.
Every Tuesday, we take you inside someone’s home and chat with them about their experience renting.
Last Tuesday we were in Leith, Scotland, with Tide, who pays £750 a month for a one-bedroom flat.
This time around, we’re in Liverpool, with Sarah, 28, and Anthony, 29.
The couple have lived in Liverpool all their lives, and now rent a place together, with Sarah working as a freelancer in art and design while Anthony is in retail.
We chatted with the duo about what they rent.
Hey, Sarah. How much do you and Anthony pay to live here?
We pay £625 in rent and then we pay around an extra £400 for bills.
And what do you get for what you pay?
A two-bedroom flat with two bathrooms, including an en-suite.
The couple rent a two-bedroom flat in Liverpool (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
Do you feel like you have a good deal?
Yes, I’d say so, especially for two bathrooms! It was the only property we viewed that had two.
Whereabouts is your home based? What do you think of the area?
We live in a really lovely area of South Liverpool, near Sefton Park.
I love this area so much, we have so many great bars, cafes and restaurants on our doorstep and live super close to loads of green spaces – something that is very important to me!
We’re only a 10-minute bus ride from the city centre, so very convenient.
Rent is £625 a month (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
How did you find this flat?
How have you made this place feel like home?
We rented the property unfurnished which gives us so much versatility and control.
Aside from the couch and bed, every piece of furniture in our home is second-hand and now belongs to us, meaning we can take it with us if and when we ever move.
I love shopping second-hand and love anything with a bit of a story, like the green armchair in the living room. It actually used to belong to the laundrette at the bottom of my street growing up!
And the shelves that we use as a TV unit used to display jeans in the old Gap store in Liverpool – I bought it for a tenner when it was closing down.
The couple have lived in Liverpool all their lives (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
Have you found it difficult to decorate when renting? Is your landlord happy with you doing bits?
We’re not able to paint the walls, unfortunately, so we’ve had to get creative by using things like sticky vinyl to make removable wallpaper and bathroom tiles.
Command hooks are my favourite invention ever – we’ve used them to hang every frame in the flat.
I’ve also used self-adhesive mirror tiles and removable blinds.
I’m a huge fan of basically anything that can be easily removed.
Do you feel like you have enough space?
Mostly but I would love if we had just a little more storage space. Our home is very ‘flat’ – there are no built in shelves, cupboards or cabinets and it can be annoying having to find extra pieces of furniture to store everything.
They’re big fans of buying second-hand (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
Are there any problems with the home you have to deal with?
Nothing major but as it’s an old building with high ceilings, it can get really really cold in the winter.
Do you have plans to move again any time soon?
One day definitely, as we would really love some outdoor space, even just a tiny balcony. It’s something I definitely long for during the summer!
Do you want to own a place some day or are you happy to rent?
I like the idea of owning a house one day, mostly because I just want to live out my interior design fantasies and I REALLY want a garden!
Deposits, however, are just so expensive that it really doesn’t feel achievable for us right now.
I like the flexibility that renting gives us and I really feel that creating a space where you feel happy and inspired is for everybody, regardless of whether you own or rent your home.
Agreed! Shall we take a look around?
The flat came unfurnished (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
So the couple were able to really make the space their own (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
The majority of items in the flat are pre-loved (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
There’s plenty of artwork, too (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
And plants, too (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
Sarah and Anthony feel like they have a good deal (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
Sushi fans? (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
The second bedroom is used as a home office (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
Cool prints, right? (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
A lot of creative vibes here (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
And here’s the main bedroom (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
We’re big fans of a rail (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
There’s space for a sofa, too (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
A mini lounge in the bedroom (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
The bathroom has been jazzed up with vinyl stickers (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
Looks cool, right? (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
And there’s a second bathroom, an en-suite, too (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS/Metro.co.uk)
What I Rent is a weekly series that’s out every Tuesday at 10am.
Check back next week to have another nose around a rented property.
How to get involved in What I Rent
What I Rent is Metro.co.uk’s weekly series that takes you inside the places people are renting, to give us all a better sense of what’s normal and how much we should be paying.
If you fancy taking part, please email [email protected]. You’ll need to take pictures of your kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom, plus a few photos of you in your bedroom or living area.
Make sure you get permission from your housemates! You’ll also need to be okay with sharing how much you’re paying for rent, as that’s pretty important.
We’re not just after the prettiest places out there, by the way. We want the reality of renting, so if you’re currently renting a place you hate, we’d love to see that too (and sympathise greatly!).
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