4 March 2009

Want to feel like a second-class citizen?

Want to feel like a second-class citizen? Easy; move to a small town down the coast of Australia, and work from home with Internet-stuff for a company abroad, and feel the small-town "injernett-whatsi-bobby" pull-the-other-one mindset as you try to just rent a house to live in.

What fun this was. I can't show "payslips" as the company exists in "the injernett", a mythical place where no paper exists, and if there's no paper, there's no traversal of real things that will satisfy real-estate agents. No matter how I tell it or what I write or how I document (even my friggin' contract wasn't good enough because it was just printed off my printer! Unlike their shit?!), unless I'm a bloody janitor or pool-cleaner who gets cash in hand and gives people little receipts it seems I can't get a house around here.

I think this crash between old and new ways of earning a living is biting my bum right now. Anyone with a clue who could help out? (If you got property here you rent out and read this by accident, could you notify your real-estate agents that they truly suck? Thanks) We're in Kiama just south of Wollongong (my wife is from here, and she did indeed warn me of their backwards ways) but I foresee we will have to move elsewhere unless something comes up pretty soon.

Apart from that, things are going great, but more on that later after this silliness is sorted.

Labels: kiama, real estate, rental, wollongong


At Tuesday, March 10, 2009 8:50:00 PM, Blogger  said...

When we moved to Australia, we had similar problems when renting: We had not renting history.


So the unit managers were pretty reluctant to give us a rent. Took weeks to find one. And at that time I had a job.

OTOH, it was the Gold Coast. That's where all the sophisticated people live.

When we had to resettle (unplanned and unwanted) in Austria, I had no job. And even with millions in your pockets (I can be so funny), you have a hard time to convince an [depletive] agent that you will pay the horrendously ridiculous rent.

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