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February 14th, 2007 at 12:37 am

I'm feeling stressed. I've debated whether I want to get into the details here, but basically Mr. Bean will be graduating with a Master's degree this year, I won't graduate until next (with my doctorate). The issue has been what to do while I finish up. The job opportunities in this town are severely limited for him. Should he go elsewhere while I stay here? Should I ask to spend my final thesis year away? Would I have to forfeit my stipend if I left? Would my adviser be peeved? I know the answers to some of these questions, but not all.

The odd thing is, these issues HAVE NOT been stressing me. Mr. Bean has been applying for jobs both here and elsewhere. I've felt like we have everything in order that's under our control. The rest- well, we’ll just have to wait and see.

And then, I got a call from our landlord. He wants us to sign the lease for next year--even though our current lease doesn’t expire until August. Such are the joys of living in a tight rental market. I love this house—this is the first house we first lived in as a married couple. I don’t want for us to find another place to live—but if I’m here by myself, I probably don’t need an entire house—and if I go with him we certainly don’t need any house in this town.

I explained our situation to the landlord. He said he’s give us a week to decide. I know we won’t have anything figured out in a week. I reminded him that we’ve been great tenants for the past 3 years. I keep the house spic and span—finding renters will not be a problem. He wasn’t persuaded. I understand where he’s coming from. He has a business to run. It seems unfortunate that we’re only ˝ way though our 1-year lease and have to make a decision already for the next year or risk losing our house.

3 Responses to “Stress”

  1. daylily Says:

    Is there anything in your lease that specifies when you have to renew? Does your university have a Law School? Mine did and there was a group that gave free advice to rental tenants.

  2. threebeansalad Says:

    Nothing in our lease about re-signing. I actually called the off-campus housing office today. They told me I don't have any legal right to stop the landlord from letting someone else sign the house if he asks us to re-sign and we say we're not ready.

  3. mjrube94 Says:

    If you renew, what's the penalty for breaking the lease? If it's just one month, or your deposit, it might be worth renewing and losing the deposit if you need to break it. At least that will eliminate this concern when you're trying to make your decision.

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