Hi to whoever is reading this.
My name is Sofie, I’m 39 years old and have a 14-year-old daughter. I am English but moved to Spain in the year 2000.
I have struggled like many expats here and unfortunately, I’ve never been able to fall back on savings and have had to work long hour jobs in terrible conditions just to be able to support me and my girl (I’m a single mum) and there’s no benefit system here to rely on.
I’ve done ok over the years and have just been able to keep my head above water but this year has been a bad year for me and I even wondered if I’ve been cursed. every time I said that it couldn’t get worse it did!
I’m a single child and my Mum and Dad have always had their problems and have never been there to emotionally support me let alone financially. My daughter’s father was Moroccan and physically and mentally abused me, luckily I don’t see him anymore and he doesn’t support his daughter, that was the price I had to pay to keep him away from us.
I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to write so I’ll keep it short. I have been renting flats for the 19 years I have been here and eventually I found one that suited us (near the school and walking distance to amenities). I was keeping on top of the rent working as a cleaner and ironer and then the landlord of our block sent all the tenants a letter stating that we have to buy the properties or he won’t renew the contract. you may think its as easy as to just look for another place but I’ve been looking and there is nothing around and what there is, is far too expensive. there’s been a lot of greedy landlords around jumping on the bandwagon of the influx of wealthy Scandinavians buying up houses and obviously shooting rents sky high (that’s what the estate agent said anyway)
Going back to England is not an option for me as I don’t think I would get any help there either and my daughter is integrated here too. the price the landlord has put on the flat is 200,000 and every morning I wake up to think that if only I had the money to buy I would have the security that I crave. I am being honest and sincere what the money would be for. If I was to buy it I would gladly pay rent to whoever helps me out. I haven’t got enough credit rating to get a loan and my age is against me too. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats that I rescued so again that’s a disadvantage in finding a new rental. this flat was a rent with a chance to buy and has a three-year contract. my contract is up October 2019.
I am open to answer any questions you may have. Thank you