I've lived out of home since I was 19 years old. Looking back, it feels surreal we could find places to live in so easily. From an apartment with all the amenities to a gigantic share house that fit four best friends plus two cats and a dog who are now family to us.
We stayed in that humongous house for three years until about six months ago when my best friend and I took everything we owned and moved right into the city.
Writing this story feels like an easy task now, but if this had been something I had to write back then, I would have struggled immensely. Because we live in the highest cost-of-living crisis our country has on record. Everything is more expensive; from the food we buy to the Uber rides we take and the rentals we pay to live in.
We found out exactly three days before we moved out of our house that we were approved for the apartment we wanted. We also learnt we'd been accepted for five other properties, which was a major relief following weeks of searching, multiple applications and no bites.
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In all honesty, my wonderful housemate did every single inspection (except one we waited too long to apply for... that was a lesson in hastiness for sure). He also called multiple agents and asked them hard questions about our applications.