Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Benjamins, British Style

In the second of two encounters with some kind of financial service (a bank and a letting agency specifically), the fact that we have jobs and will be making apparently a good salary in Pounds has opened doors that might previously have been closed. I've been corresponding with a leasing agent trying to find a place in and around Camden Town, and after the initial "Hi, I'm an American!" we got down to business - and they would require six months rent up front. Tell them you're employed and you have a good salary, and suddenly you're taken far more seriously. Same with the bank; when they found out how much Elizabeth would be making each month, our options for bank accounts and credit cards multiplied threefold.

At least our hard work has paid off a little in this regard, because I couldn't imagine fucking around with some of this stuff not knowing about a job or making a pittance.

3 comments:

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

very good blog congratulations
regard from Catalonia Spain
thank you

Broke & Bemused said...

I'm not even sure if you still maintain this blog, but I'm going to be moving to London in a few weeks and am trying to figure out housing.

Did you wind up paying six months rent up front? I'm unable to afford that, but I do have a job lined up and can prove my employment. I've heard a lot of letting agents require this, so I'm a bit nervous.

Any advice?

Broke & Bemused said...

Sorry, not sure if that posted... my computer is being wonky.

I'm not even sure if you still maintain this blog, but I'm going to be moving to London in a few weeks and am trying to figure out housing.

Did you wind up paying six months rent up front? I'm unable to afford that, but I do have a job lined up and can prove my employment. I've heard a lot of letting agents require this, so I'm a bit nervous.

Any advice?