Bristol flathunting: a couple with two cats - hopeless?Watch
I'm a 22 year old undergrad and my partner's a 27 year old PhD candidate, we're living in Bristol and have two cats.
Being a couple with a pet seems to make it very difficult for us to find a place to live. Our lease is out at the end of February - not an ideal time for flat-hunting - and we don't really want to stay anyway, this is our second contract with the landlord and she did a good job swindling us, so we can't really afford the place anymore and it's honestly not worth the price with the condition it's in.
It's really important for us to live alone.
We're looking at 1 and 2-bedroom flats for up to £700pcm, due to full time study we're unemployed but can pay up to 6 months rent upfront in case this is a concern for any landlord.
Yet it seems impossible for us to find a flat, be it with student-friendly agencies, regular ones or privately.
Does anyone have any tips or experiences regarding renting as a couple, with a pet?
I'm worried that our 'student' label continuously deprives us of opportunities with letting, despite the fact that we're mature, responsible tenants. I often also see "NO COUPLES" in ads.
We've had flatmates, but though perhaps we were just unlucky, living with other people led to unpleasant experiences, tension and a lot of stress. On top of that, we're a gay couple, so we're concerned about living with strangers due to potential homophobia. So all in all, it's very important for us to live alone.
Does anyone have any advice on how to go about finding a new home, or perhaps any tips on talking to potential landlords/agencies?
Any help appreciated.
You could also stop referring to yourselves as a couple. If you're looking at 2 bed flats, no one will raise an eyebrow (for context, I'm female and have rented with a male friend before, and no one has batted an eyelid).
In terms of flatmates, have you looked on facebook to see if there's a Homes for Queers group for Bristol? I know there is for the London area (a friend has been looking for a houseshare on there recently) but I'm not sure about Bristol.