I was having a look at rentals on Trademe because I’d like to be closer to town – but also on a farm in the middle of nowhere at the same time. Like, if I could be in the wilderness, but still on the terrace, with no neighbours, that would be awesome.
Anyway, do you know what annoys me? In 2013, calling about viewing a property and being asked if I’m single, and if so, whether I can afford the bloody rent all on my own.
Obviously, yes, I can afford the rent. I wouldn’t be calling about viewing the flat if I couldn’t. I can’t help but wonder if a man would have the same questions shot at him – then again, who knows, maybe he would: “do you have a partner to do the cleaning?”
I guess I was mostly annoyed because I’ve been asked variations of this quite a lot lately. And I’ve had to listen to a lot of “I’d just worry about having a woman living here alone…” like it’s any of my landlords responsibility to keep tabs on me. I wonder if these complete strangers have any idea how patronising these they sound when they say stuff like that.
As far as I’m concerned, the business transaction is pretty much, I pay the rent, then look after the property, and my own safety, and you take the rent, and then proceed to butt out and leave me the hell alone.