Word of warning for those coming out. Get yourself a short term rental for nothing less than 4 weeks.
I thought once we were here we could get on with our lives without any hassle. Not so. We have been trying to get a long term rental now since we arrived but had no joy. Our short term rental is up on Tuesday and we have no sign of a long term. We have registered with untold agents and been to opens filled out applications and lost out everytime.
Tracey was ready to chuck in the towel and book flights back to the UK this afternoon when we were told yet another property had gone to someone else. We have managed to get another short term rental for another week thanks to a jolly good fellow but after that it looks at the moment we will be on the streets.
One viewing we went to had 40 applicants. Others have had 20 odd. We have more to see this week but Tracey starts work on Tuesday which makes life difficult.
The other thing is the way things are done here. Don't expect to phone up an estate agent and book a viewing. They wait until they have a few people interested then arrange an open. The house is opened up for 10-15 minutes to be viewed and everyone piles in. On the internet it says the house is available now but when you phone up they have arranged an open for a few weeks time and they won't let you view it before then or consider any applicants until after the open.
We can't buy because our house remains unsold in the UK and we can't rent, it seems, because we have no rental history.
We are begining to feel like we are banging our heads against a brick wall at the moment. Our luck may change over the next week but we aren't holding our breath. Might have to get a tent earlier than we expected to.