With a population density double that of Canberra it’s been hard to find a nice 1-2 bedroom furnished rental property in inner Christchurch, but we did find a lovely little cottage on River Road in Richmond that we really wanted. It was a private rental so I’d spoken to the landlord several times and had expressed our interest. After he’d had yet another expression of interest fall through it was ours – we were sending our local contact Sam out there and he’d promised to hold it for us (even though we’d offered to put a deposit down) for the day.
Then we get a very apologetic call from him a few hours later letting us know his partner hadn’t known of our arrangement and had let the place to someone else. I was a bit upset but there was nothing we could do about it, the contract had been signed. Luckily we hadn’t put a holding deposit down or that could have gotten a little messy, legally.
Ah well, we’ll keep on looking. I’ve now booked my flights and a little bit later – now the 8th of January instead of the 3rd – to accommodate this setback and give us more time to find another suitable place that doesn’t look like a jail cell.