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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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I think both ways are good enough but in different situations. I used to rent a flat some years ago. It was when we began to date my wife. Well, you know, you just meet a girl you like and you want to date her but you can't predict how you both will get together. Renting a house is the right choice in this case. You can check how it would be in the future - would you match or not. If you don't - well, that happens sometimes - you can just move away to another place and don't need to divide your property as people do during a divorce.
Of course, if you live together long enough to feel - yes, I want to live with this person forever - buying a house or a flat is a thing. Why? Because you can do everything you want in your own apartment - change wallpapers, furniture or so. You can have a dog or a cat (many landlords ban that) or you may have kids as well. Your kids in your kid's room in your house. That's lovely. For example, in our flat, I cover a wall with paper with dinosaurs print. My kids were excited and still, they are!

From my point of view, while you are studying at university it is good, that you are renting an apartment, but when you have a well-paid job it is better to have your own house. Thus, you will not overpay for your accommodation.

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.



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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.