I'd like to avoid living in a cardboard box -- please help if you can!
June 22, 2012 8:33 PM Subscribe
I was laid off today. I also need to find a new place to live. Obviously, details inside.
posted by Hyperbolus to Work & Money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Today at work I was informed that "due to restructuring" my position would no longer be needed and that I'd been booted out the door. My last day is a week from today.
I'm not exactly thrilled about this, but I'm not completely torn up inside, either. The fact that I have to find another job is certainly a problem, but not the one I'd like to address in this question. I was not laid off due to incompetence on my part. I'm still on good terms with my boss and can rely on them for a strong reference, and I can probably rely on at least two or three of my co-workers for good references as well. I'll be fine.
But: the timing is terrible because I'm also looking for a place to live in a little over a month's time. I can't afford to live by myself at the moment, so I need to find a roommate or roommates. I'll try and see if anyone in my circle of friends/acquaintances (such as it is) knows someone who needs a roommate, but I'm also looking at things on Craigslist, Kijiji and so forth.
I'm concerned that my unemployment is going to significantly hurt my chances of finding a place in time. So here's the question: how do I present myself as a relaible, trustworthy, rent-paying sort of person to someone who I've just met?
- I've lived in my current place for almost two years and can depend on my landlord for a good reference. I've never had trouble paying rent, and I'm an excellent tenant, if I do say so myself.
- Everyone I'm currently living with is leaving to do their own thing. Continuing to live in my current place isn't an option.
- I suppose I can use my parents as guarantors if I have to.
- I have enough savings to pay first and last month's rent, and I have very little stuff to move. Bed + drafting table + books + computer + some assorted odds and ends -- that's it.
- Although I'm ideally looking for something available on August 1st, I'm open to subletting a place in August and using that month to continue looking for something more long-term in September if I have to.
- I live in a large Canadian city -- Toronto, to be exact.