I like to review how the previous month went, financially speaking, and to ascertain just where I am headed, as the new month begins. Although submitted in Feb, March was when my taxes were completed, filed, refunds received. Some unexpected expenditures such as purchasing a recliner and buying off the rest of the car loan. I am fortunate to have the resources to be able to do so.
My next big decision regards housing: I expect to rent for another year. While the LL was responsive to the bulk of my maintenance requests prior to moving in, a few she wouldn't budge on, such a installing a bathroom vent near the shower. Answer thru the realtor was open a window. @@ Fast forward, and LL has been very responsive to furnace issues, leaking toilets, leaking faucets, broken dishwasher, leaking pipes. Can't find fault there.
I recently sent her 3 separate emails, each had their own theme: yard work, tree work, outside maintenance. Yard work is being addressed. Outside maintenance is in the works, tree work? I have no idea. I still need to send her an interior maintenance email about interior peeling paint (against CT state tenant laws), reinsulation of the attic and crawl space, the energy conservation report that also outlines replacing the fridge in the kitchen-it has it's issues, yet still works Ok (mostly broken egg bin, missing meat drawer, cracked veggie bin drawer, etc), etc. I am not trying to push my luck here. All emails have been "this is a FYI" kind of tone.
My lease is thru mid August. I suspect that she plans on continuing to rent this place out, as she just rented out the cottage next door again. How soon a new lease would be offered to me is unclear. Per the lease, if she is to lease this house again, I get the right of first refusal. I am concerned that she may jack the rent up as she has put in money on general repairs, neglected maintenance. I have a good handle on how much a comparable home in this town rents for, and a final figure in my head as to how much I am willing to pay for this place.
I hate the idea of moving, especially as it would mean incurring costs to do so. Time will tell. For now, I am good until the Summer, and I am keeping an eye on the rental market here.