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Renting a house

Listen to four different people talking about their experiences with renting accommodation to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Language level

Advanced: C1


I think buying is one hundred percent better. When you rent a house you waste money. I mean if you don’t have enough salary to buy a house, you could get a bank loan or even a family loan. Having your own house is the best investment because land never goes down in price, and if you regret it, you can sell it and get extra money.

I think buying a lego house is better. ;)

I think that it’s a very generic question, otherwise I believe that, having the possibility, it is better buying a house rather than renting it. If you buy a house, you can make an investment, if you rent it, no.

About the verb "To give notice", what I read in the Cambridge Dictionary is that "to ask someone who works for you to leave one's job usually after a period of time." But here is different. Could you explain it?
How about using "hand in my notice"?

Hello Kien Alang,

The meaning of notice here is warning. We can use it in the phrase without notice to mean that something was sudden and unexpected:

The storm hit without warning.


In the context of jobs and work, warning means information that a person is leaving their job. This may come from the worker or from the company, and this is difference between the two phrases:

If I want to leave my job then I give in my notice or I give them my notice.

If the company wants me to leave then they give me my notice.



The LearnEnglish Team

well, I guess it depends on how high your income is, so if you can afford buying a house then this will be a better option, but also it rely on peoples preferences .

From my point of view, i think buying a house is better.

As a person that has rented several apartments in different cities, I think affording an apartment is not the most important point for buying one. I would buy an apartment where I am sure that I am going to stay for a long period of time. Of course, I assumed I afford it! My own apartment brings me the freedom of how to decorate it, not being worried of the owner or making a small hole in the wall for the board, etc. However, it is costlier than a rental apartment, on short time scales, since I need a loan to pay for it. Hence, I would go for buying an apartment whenever I am very much sure that I am going to live there for years and years.

Personally, I think that most of the time it's better to buy a house if you can afford it, of course, but also it depends on the situation if you are a person who moves very often you should rent a house instead. buying a house nowadays is too difficult for an average person even for a family and it's getting worse each day everything gets more expensive, so if you have the opportunity of buying a house you should think carefully about what kind of house and neighborhood you want to live in.

Dear Kirk,
Plz explain me this sentence: "I'm averaging three stars because of one bad review that brought my average down from four and a half stars". Thanks you