Househunting Take 2
In the Navy we have a saying – Better to beg forgiveness than ask permission. I sometimes told that to junior officers when they became immobilized by the overwhelming requirements and regulations that we face in the modern Navy. Here in Turkey, through sheer ignorance, I ended up in the same situation.
I won’t bore you with all the details, so to summarize, I used the wrong American office to evaluate the safety and security of my apartment. When the correct office was informed that I had rented an apartment, they originally tried to do a post-leasing inspection and then make any required upgrades. Unfortunately my apartment building is lacking some major safety requirements, like a fire escape, so back fitting would be too expensive. Most of the other items on this hit list were, to me, laughable – it seems that my apartment just isn’t American enough.
So, I’m back to square one on the housing front. I will start looking at places again on Monday and hopefully find something soon. After this headache I’m dropping all of my personal requirements, like a decent balcony with view and a walkable area, and now just want to find a place that everybody agrees is safe enough for me to live in so I can finally settle down.
I am a little sad because I really came to love this apartment and neighborhood. Hopefully I will find things to love about the new place, wherever it is.