Every Tuesday, we take you inside a different person’s rented property, have a good nose around their place, and chat with them about the place they call home.
Last time, we were in Sale, Manchester, with Towela and Jack, who pay £750 a month for their two-bedroom flat.
Today we’re hanging out with Terri, 36, a registered care home manager for people with learning disabilities.
Terri has lived in Geddington for her entire life – and ‘couldn’t imagine living anywhere else’.
She shares her home with her partner Steve (a veteran), her 13-year-old son Alfie, and their nine-year-old dog, Sadie.
Here’s what she rents.
Hey, Terri! How much do you pay to live here?
We pay £800 rent per month and a further £600 bills, which includes council tax, utility, bills and an internet and TV package.
And what do you get for what you pay?
A two-bedroom, one-bathroom house.
Do you feel like you have a good deal?
Yes! My house is lovely, I have plenty of space and an outside area, and a view to die for.
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It’s also a totally detached property up a private lane, so to me its just perfect.
How did you find this property?
I found it on Rightmove but my family also knew the landlord so it made it all much smoother.
Whereabouts is your home based? What do you think of the area?
My cottage is located in the centre of Geddington village next to the church and basically sits in the churchyard, which some people find a bit creepy, but I love it… it’s so peaceful and we love listening to the church bells on a Sunday morning.
Geddington is beautiful, packed full of history, it has the best preserved Queen Eleanor Cross in the country located in its centre, it’s a great place to raise a family, and I always feel safe when I’m here.
Everyone knows you here and you always see someone you know to stop and speak to when you’re walking around the village.
How have you made the house feel like home?
Since moving in two years ago we have put in a patio area to the courtyard and really made a cosy pretty tranquil outside space to enjoy.
I’ve changed the light fittings in some rooms to my own tastes, put up photographs, decorated my son’s room to suit a teenage boy, painted the downstairs windows (upstairs still to do) and generally made my house my own.
Have you found it difficult to decorate when renting? Is your landlord happy with you doing bits?
No issues at all. My landlord is great, he really likes my taste and knows I like to keep the decor to match the cottagem with a homely country feel.
Anything I want to do I always run it past him and he is always complimentary about the house when he has come around.
Anything that needs replacing or changing that is his responsibility is done really quickly and efficiently, and he always liases with me about what | would like rather than him just choosing himself because he always says that it’s my home so I should have what I like, which is amazing.
We couldnt ask for a better landlord.
Do you feel like you have enough space?
The cottage isnt huge and I do have to part with more things now than I used to to save on space… but this just means I don’t keep as much rubbish anymore.
We really use the space we have well. Recently when decorating my son’s room we used a lot of Ikea space-saving solutions and we bought an ottoman bed for him, which has really maximised what we had.
We have loft space and an outside shed also that helps with storage but I feel like it’s plenty big enough for us, I’ve lived in more spacious houses and they are nowhere near as cosy.
Are there any problems with the home you have to deal with?
Any issues we have had we just reported straight to the landlord and he has dealt with them very quickly. There’s never been anything major though.
Do you have plans to move again any time soon?
No, I absolutely adore this house and its location; it’s the village I grew up in and all my direct family live here also so I certainly don’t want to move again.
And do you want to own a place some day or are you happy to rent?
I’m happy to rent, but if the opportunity was ever available far in the future to buy the cottage, we would certainly want to.
Here’s hoping. Shall we take a look around?
What I Rent is a weekly series that’s out every Tuesday at 10am.
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How to get involved in What I Rent
What I Rent is Metro.co.uk’s weekly series that takes you inside the places people are renting, to give us all a better sense of what’s normal and how much we should be paying.
If you fancy taking part, please email [email protected]. You’ll need to take pictures of your kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom, plus a few photos of you in your bedroom or living area.
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We're not just after the prettiest places out there, by the way. We want the reality of renting, so if you're currently renting a place you hate, we'd love to see that too (and sympathise greatly!).
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