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    Lumpyloppy
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    My wife and I separated eight years ago, and she moved with our son to another part of the country. Since then, our son has spent alternate weeks living with each of us. This has meant me renting a small flat near my ex’s new home, and during the weeks I’m not with my son I live 180 miles way with my new partner and our young daughter.

    This arrangement has worked better than might be expected for the past few years, but now my son is 14 the space I rent has become too small for the two of us. I’ve searched high and low and can’t afford anywhere bigger in this area, but I’m wondering if there are any other solutions, given that we only ned somewhere for two weeks out of every month. Does anyone else have any experience of more flexible living arrangements that have worked for them in a similar situation? I realise our setup is quite an unusual one, but I’m desperate to maintain the same level of contact with my son for as long as he wants it.

    #16498 Report

    Lumpyloppy
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    Thank you – yes, I’d looked into some of these options but in most cases they end up being more expensive than the £600pm I’m already paying, without the convenience. We really do need more space, though. I was wondering if anyone knew of any organisations exist which arrange part time house shares, though perhaps that’s a little niche. Will explore the caravan rental idea, too,

    #16536 Report

    Lumpyloppy
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    Ah , I wasn’t aware those sort of deals existed – another option to explore. Thank you, really useful responses.

    #16543 Report

    Scubachik
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    There are definitely part time house share options, you can always put an ad out yourself. There are so many other single parents in a similar boat who would welcome an additional income. Also contact airbnb hosts for longer term regular rentals: use this link for some money off! https://bit.ly/2BXAbew

    Or rent out the place you are renting during the times you aren’t there?x https://abnb.me/e/zXPNeS0bUP

     

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by Scubachik.
    #16573 Report

    Lilybird
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    Hi , try to rent it on airbnb. Contact the host privately and ask if it’s possible to stay there dates that you require. You will be surprised there are parents who are in a same situation as you. I have a friend who come and stay in my flat twice a month to see his children. Gives me extra help and for him he is staying in a family home so him and his children feel comfortable every time. I make arangmrnts to stay with friends those days. Very unsettling for me but I at the same time I get some help.

    Hope that helps. Good luck.

    #16575 Report

    Sherinam
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    It is illegal to sublet a property  you are renting.  If you do this and your landlord finds out you will have problems especially if that person does not the property.

    #16708 Report

    Scubachik
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    Sherima this is an ignorant comment.

    Many people who rent do sublet with their landlord’s permission and also you can decide whoever you like to share your main home with you as a lodger. Please read up on a subject before leaving replies based on your own personal opinion, not facts or laws.

    #16824 Report

    Lumpyloppy
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    Thanks, Lilybird and Scubachick – it’s really encouraging to know people have been in a similar situation before me as it does sometimes seem like quite an unlikely set-up. An arrangement like the one Lilybird has with her friend would be ideal. Now I just need to find someone in Bath who would be willing to consider it. A very inspiring response, anyway so thank you both (thanks also for the link, Scubachick, though I already have an Airbnb account).

     

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by Lumpyloppy.
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