Friday, December 13, 2013

Fifty-Five or better - BASSIF IV

So, I was looking at taking an apartment in a building not too far from here that caters to persons 55+ in age. There are some, like this one, that have an income limit because they get a tax credit. Something like that. Just one of the several things for which I never received an adequate explanation. So of course they can't just take you word for things, everything has to be checked out.  Just how extensive this everything was is another of those areas where the explanation was hazy.

There followed a lot of drama at this point, both on my side and theirs. Mine because I like to understand and I'm a people-pleaser, theirs because I was slow to realize all they wanted to know.  At the end of this phase I was feeling rather violated and vulnerable.

Turns out, my income is slightly more than what is allowed, so, since I wasn't interested in changing that, I could not take an apartment in their building.  This all took a couple weeks and here I am back at square one, looking for somewhere else to live.

I would have preferred being treated as though I have a brain or two in my head, I would have liked to have had, in writing, a list of the information that was needed  and an explanation, in writing, of the process used to calculate a person's eligibility.

Another learning experience. I now know the kinds of things to look out for. I don't remember apartment hunting being this obtuse. In Japan it was more a matter of the landlord being willing to rent to a foreigner.


  1. Oh Georgia, at our age, and I'm a lot older than you, things should be so easy, people should bend over backwards to help ,explain, in gentle words, and provide written papers for it all. Why does life get complicated?? I'm sure it was lots easier for those way back in the 1960's, 1970's and so on. Take care, your place will come in good time. Greetings from Jean

  2. Jean said it all. I'm sorry you have to go through all this problem. Do I really want to return some day? I wonder.....

  3. There was more I didn't want to publish. Truly an experience one wouldn't want to repeat.