A small updateSeptember 25, 2014
Note: first and foremost, I got the question where my Twitter box, Facebook like box and followers box had gone to, quite a few times lately! So I thought I'd mentioned where I have placed them. You just scroll to the bottom of this blog, and you'll find it :-)
As you all know I am terribly buzy moving house, so this blog is more quiet than usual. We have been doing so for 6 days in a row and my, my, my ... you do realize, whilst moving house, that a person has so much stuff you forgot about! And moving the big things is not even the worst ... it's the small things that are a pain in the ass! Not even moving the laundry machine was that bad (which had to be carried downstairs in a very narrow and small hallway - and Ben and my brother in law Alexander are both almost 2 meters!)
Our new house is only a minute away from our old one, so that's quite in our advantage. I am so, so, so happy with our new house; it's so sophisticated. It's a huge upgrade from what we had before, which was a 2 room apartment for the ridiculous rental price of €700 a month. In our new home, we have so much more space for less money, and the house is in a very good shape, too, which was definitely not the case with our former apartment.
Sadly we cannot leave our former house without problems - as I'd already expected. It was privately rented from a restaurant owner and that was a huge mistake in the first place. He is short of money and desperately needed our money. This man is very vile and also quite agressive - also to his staff. He's trying to annoy us in all possible ways, as some sort of revenge for us leaving. He refuses to pay us our rental deposit - even though we have not damaged anything - contractual or physical.
When we moved in, he delivered the house upholstered, but with a wooden floor that was never meant to be used as a floor for people to live on - and it was terribly installed. The house was skew, so the floor was installed with many cracks. Very unprofessional. But the floor being so terrible, meant that when you dropped something, it gave damage to the floor. When you tried to clean it, it left white marks and even the bottom pattern of our tapestry was imprinted in the floor. It looks, indeed, horrible, but ... it falls under 'user damage' and with that he is not allowed to keep our rental deposit. He accused Ben of hammering with a hammer in the floor for fun. Which is really hysterical, especially when Ben made a sarcastic remark like "oh yes that is what I love to do in my leisure time." Our landlord also said that we were not allowed to drill holes in the walls because the apartment is a national monument. The contract said that, he said. Which is false ... the contract mentions nothing about drilling holes in the walls. And yes, the huge bakery oven is a monument, as is the front of the house .. but the walls were 1980s drywalls. Nothing monumental about that *lol*. When we said that to him, he became again very agressive. We know the contract inside out, but it appears our landlord does not, as this is not the first time that he lies(?) to us about things mentioned in the contract. I suspect him to just yell things and accuse to scare or annoy us. We are not stupid and ofcourse hired someone for us to check it out and make sure that we were right. And we are. With everytime the landlord came to inspect the house, we made sure to have a third party involved (to whom he acted very rude.)
When we still lived there, he also sneaked into our apartment when we were away - so it was unbeknownst to us. We found out about it, when we found writing stuff that did not belong to either of us. Now, different than in the US, entering apartments which are let, is not allowed in the Netherlands. He is not even allowed to have a key.
Now, the 30th we have to give him back the keys and he our rental deposit. I think it'll give much problems and it will become a lawsuit. I'll let you know!
I promised pictures of our house, but for now it'll be only "sneak peak" photos, and the rest will come when we fully decorated it.