The Apartment – Final Stage – Sleep
We are in CASSIS, pronounced CASS – See –
Our apartment is tiny. But it’s okay. We’ll be OUT – a LOT.
Here are the last stages of getting a place to LIVE……………..
Step 11) Find the agency via car- let hubby out while Marti PARKS said car – not easy – and give copious amounts of Deposits, Agency fees to our agency girl, Natalie, Then find the INSURANCE company in this little village – to buy the rentor’s apt insurance, bring back the satisfaction of the insurance TO the Real Estate Agency, so we can proceed from there with the mandatory break for lunch (2 hours)
At this point, we have decided to enjoy an espresso and a beer while we wait and wait for the AGENCY to re-open after their mandatory 2 hour lunch.
Step 12 ) This next step is to accompany the Real Estate Agency Angel, to the apartment at 3:45pm (2 hours later ) – I had a nap in the car as it was rainy and cool and wanted to be DRY after walking in the rain. We are now to meet with the Electrical /Energy Inspectors to determine the square footage of the apartment -( we don’t really want to know this, as it’s half the size of our Paris apartment) & what we’re going to be in for – each month – for an electricity bill. ( It shouldn’t be much – it’s SO TINY!)
However, before this can take place, – David, the Guarantor has to complete a HAND -WRITTEN statement in FRENCH, stating that he is willing to guarantee his wife’s student status. (Even though we’re married and this is not your typical STUDENT APT LEASE). It’s about 4 pages long. He must hand-write this – like I already reiterated.
In reading the contract, it’s all in French, ofcourse; we must read and accept various conditions – the conditions of the furnitures, the amount of the furniture, how many pieces of dishes, cups, plates, saucers, flatware, pots, pans, casseroles, coffee pots, (broken) , tea kettle, table, chairs, wicker, sofa, TV, etc, there are.
But then, there are additional “TAXES” for the apartment – – the yearly garbage tax – occupancy tax – calculated on – and based on money earned. Since I am unemployed (at the moment )- I shouldn’t be held responsible for the occupancy tax….She says. “You’re a student”. Garbage tax, however, yes.
Sign papers without knowing about washer/ WiFi/ garbage tax/ or occupancy tax
Get the keys, drive to apartment, open the doors and fall into the big bed – in the tiny apartment.
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