The building process has been very slow and difficult. First we were given a May finish, then June. Now it’s September and we’re still renting with no sure finish date in sight.
We are calling most of the subs daily — although I don’t think that should be our job. Most of those that we vetted are responsive and making progress. Many of those selected by the general contractor are usually no where to be found. We need lighting fixtures, we need plumbing fixtures, there are a million little details to be completed. But work days for most either start late and end early or don’t start at all.
We moved to this rental home last August because it was a couple of blocks from the construction site. The owners were going to New York for a year and offered it to us. Sure that a year would be plenty of time, we negotiated for a shorter lease. Apparently that wasn’t needed.
On July 9, the owner asked us when our move date would be. We told him that being done by mid- August was questionable. HeÂ kindly offered to let us stay until September 1, as long as they could put their belongings in the garage. The owner even graciously offered to extend that stay at $80 per day, if needed. That was a relief and a huge stress reduction. With all the building stress, at least our home life would be somewhat stable.
Tonight, however, the bomb dropped. We got an email from the owners. Apparently they’ve been staying in a small house with too many relatives since they got back in town. The accommodations were uncomfortable and — with no firm move date in sight — the situation had become unmanageable. We were told that we needed to move out by September 7 or pay for expensive corporate housing for them to have better living conditions.
Given that we are now paying a higher rent here, rent on a storage unit, and nearly a full mortgage payment for each month’s construction loan interest, another rent payment just isn’t possible. So, beginning next Tuesday, we’re going to be homeless.
Anyone have a really big tent?
Update – September 1: The prospect of moving eight people and three businesses in a week — to an unspecified location — was overwhelming. I understand the owners’ predicament. We’ve been nomads for over two years, I feel for them. And since this is their house, if anyone’s living uncomfortably it should be us, not them. But it’s still a difficult situation. Fortunately, they have given us until September 12 to be out of the house. That gives us time, at least, to make arrangements and set up some things before we’re sleeping in our car!