Rent here going up
...with the promise that they're going to take the house off the market. I had been paying C$1700 a month which went from $75 a month to $71 a month with changes in the exchange rate. I thought that eventually they would raise the rent if they hadn't sold the house and they haven't sold the house. The new rent for both sides of the house will be US $100 each. How the neighbors will take this, I don't know, but hope that they stay since they've been very good urban neighbors over the last two years. Rosario Pastora will has the house on the river for maybe rent if she gets rid of her tenant, but that has been on-going for around a year now. I like some things about that other house, but reality is this half-house is big enough but not too big, and having close good neighbors means I can leave for a few days without fearing everything in the house will be gone when I come back. Bit of a jump, but not unexpected, and the house on the river would be some US $20 more, US $50 more than what I'm paying now.
The rent increase is in the range I decided a while back that I'd find acceptable. If the house is still for sale, I'll look a bit harder than I have been looking. If not, I'll put in the tile backsplash I've got tiles, cement, and grout for, and plant some things in the ground rather than in pots.
This is a great country for ambiguities, patience, and cognitive dissonance. At this point, it's just home with all the contradictions and absurdities.