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Dight Street, Collingwood, Melbourne

Early BirdPrivate room with shared bathroom
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About the property

Gday, i have a barely furnished [1] room for rent in my house. The room is approx 3.1 x 3.6m. It's at the front of the house with a window that gets the morning sun. It has a barred window that can open, a fireplace that doesn't work and an excellent blind that blocks lots of light if you don't like the morning sun. it does have a large crack in the wall that the landlord has sighed at but won't fix, and it has a corner with a noticeable lean. it's pretty noticeable without furniture in, but if you have furniture it'll stay flat. most people put a desk or cupboard on it.

The room reflects the rest of the house well. it's old and the landlord doesn't really want to spend money on the house. He'll fix things eventually but he's old and Greek and likes to do things himself and I've learnt it's often easier to do it myself with a YouTube tutorial. The rent whilst really cheap for the area, does mean the house is not as modern/new as many of the houses around it. i call it a dive. i think technically it's called an old workers cottage that was flat packed and built onsite. on the plus side, no real estate dramas, no house inspections, and it means you can paint the room if you want and the landlord won't complain. 

The house is very well situated, about 5mins walk to smith st Woolworths and 6mins to Coles Smith St and now 7mins to Aldi Johnston st. Within what i'd consider walking distance are trams #12, #86, #109, Collingwood train station, and Hoddle and Johnston street buses. There is on-street permit parking but you'll need to get a permit from the council. It's a quiet street - if anything loud occurs, it's always on Vere street.

There's a decent (for the house size) backyard with a tiny garden area that everyone intends to do stuff with but rarely gets there. There's an advance Triffid task force that's holding out in the corner and won't die, but for the moment they're in retreat. The gardeny bit gets most of the sun. Apart from the gardeny bit, it's almost all undercover so washing can still get dried easily even when Melbourne's rain is going horizontal.

The house is fully furnished and the bedroom is currently barely furnished by previous housemates. There's a big fridge, 1.5 freezers, a big washing machine, Xbox1, NBN, torrents, pretty big TV, a stupidly large movie collection. It has a bath under the shower and continuous hot water - I doubt it's eco friendly but the showers are great.

There is a cat who rules the house (also dumped by a previous housemate). She's quite friendly (eventually) and mostly shadows me when I'm home. if you're not a cat person I don't think it'll work out. She doesn't tolerate the neighbours cats well so unfortunately i'm inclined to say no other pets. 

Rent is $230 per week. it's due weekly on Wednesday night and I like it kept paid two weeks in advance. Rent on time is especially important to me because it ensures I eat each week.

The bills are NOT included with rent, and arrive monthly. They are mostly semi-fixed costs and were $190 pm currently. Bills include: Gas, Electricity, and Internet. The electricity and gas go up and down based on an average over the last 12 months. 

NOTE: The bills were all in the name of housemate now moving out so have to renegotiate with utilities again.

I'd really prefer someone intending to stay a while. I know life can change and often does, but stability is great too.

To move in;

* the cat needs to approve of you
* bond of three weeks rent ($230*3=$690) +
* two weeks rent in advance $230*2=$460)

for a total of $1150.

any questions, please ask.

1 - Barely furnished means at this point: Ikea lack tables and it has some built in hanging rails, and some drawers. furniture mostly appears as needed. the housemate moving out has a double bed frame for sale if you don't have one (not the one in the pictures).

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Room overview

Details

$230 weekly rent$690 bond
Bills not included in rentInternet available, not included in rent
Private room
Shared bathroom
Minimum 6 months stayAvailable now
Anyone except couples
Unfurnished
On-street parking

About the flatmates

I'm a computer geek who stays mostly in my room, or occasionally might invite friends over to watch TV. I work full time (from home since Covid) and like a quiet peaceful house especially during the working week. i understand life is a series of unplanned events so don't mind if you have the occasional bender but not every weekend. I don't mind a drink or TV or a meal occasionally with the housemates but mostly I stay in my room.

I'm told I'm generally funny and easy to get along with. I think I'm pretty relaxed - don't really care about much. I do have a wide variety of interests and knowledge areas. people seem to like my bookshelves. I'm pretty open minded and tolerant of most things. I'm not tolerant of the intolerant. If you're in any way racist or bigoted or homophobic, this is not the place for you (1).

According to some previous housemates, I have developed some habits/beliefs over the years that are unusual and so now i like to mention these things first. i thought they were standard but i was told i should have made these more clear so here are some examples;

* I don't like racism/homophobia
* I like people following Bill and Teds "be excellent to each other" rule
* I like gates/doors to be shut and locked when leaving the house.
* i like my possessions to stay inside the house.
* I like when food is not left out to go rotten.
* I really like when the people I share a house with don't do heroin or meth :( if you're holding down a job with a habit that's really great and all, but could you please do it somewhere else?
* I'm not into drugs but don't really care if you're going to festivals or bush doofs and taking them. Inviting all the mates home for kickons isn't welcome.

I really thought most of these were common sense but perhaps my standards are a little old fashioned now. 

i can't cook and generally avoid the kitchen so cooking types who like to control the kitchen are welcome. If you can bake and will supervise my attempts you can go to the front of the queue.

1 - Actually hating everyone is fine, just as long as its equal opportunity hate *and* you're not actively working on genocide. Personally I like computers and Gaia - humanity and civilization seem vastly overrated. I for one welcome Skynet as my new overlord.

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