Is it me or is it harder to find a semi decent place to live during the pandemic?
Got a friend that has been looking so hard. He’s got pets so that makes it harder. Yet he’s tried everything: 591, real estate agents, word of mouth… To no avail.
Pickings are really slim. The stuff you see on 591… several places have stuff growing off the walls I can smell them. I saved some of the best pics like a bathroom in a balcony…the kitchen in a balcony… someone who uses the bathroom as storage -will only occasionally come in to put more stuff- and other beauties.
There are practically no apartments for rent. Only taofang or yafang. Landlords splitting up a normal place, putting up plastic and stereo foam divisions and asking 15k or more a piece.
We’ve looked all over Taipei, New Taipei and beyond. Seems like if you want a full apartment with something that resembles a kitchen then it is Sanxia, Tucheng or Shulin. About a 1000 meters from the nearest bus/train stop. Forget about MRT. Unless you mean the light rail in Tamsui. Then we start getting claustrophobic without windows. Or weird as in a jacuzzi in the living room.
If my friend was younger the walk-ups would count. But a 5th or 6th floor without elevator is not realistic after 50.
He’s heard it all. No to male. No to foreigner - and this was to a house in the middle of nowhere, not a fancy Xinyi dig. No to pets is actually the less heard as he is picking pet friendly places to call, and we are talking about cats, not a Great Dane.
In summary, I feel as if the market out there has changed for the worst. If anyone has any ideas, please pitch them in, we are at the end of our sanity.
And yes, he is fluent in speaking and reading and has permanent residence.