Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the worlds only daily column feeling fed up with being a renter in Summit County. Quite frankly, we are feeling jerked around, taken advantage of, and, most notably, exhausted in our hunt for a new apartment. Its starting to feel like we have participated in this little song and dance a hundred times already, bouncing around from one semi-affordable six-month lease to the next. Just this week we thought we had made it. After a solid month of searching, we found the perfect little two-bedroom that fit our price range. Sure, the place was no better than a make-shift tree fort converted into a rental property, but we once spent five months living on a couch, so the discovery had us ecstatic. We announced the find to our roommate, and began brainstorming elaborate interior-design schemes, most of which were wildly ludicrous but delightfully imaginative. And then, just a mere five hours later, a bomb was dropped. Turned out the current tenants didnt feel like moving out after all, and we received a curt apology from the landlord before the phone line went dead.It was like we had just been slapped in the face, or dumped, or fired. Can they even do that to us?An immense feeling of disappointment flooded our senses, as all of our hypothetical plans went out the window. For many in Summit County, this experience barely ranks amidst the thousands of horror stories associated with finding a place to rent, and we hope this little rant resonates with at least some of you.After a couple of years in the game, you almost get used to the disappointment, and you begin to approach the process with an aggressive yet optimistic outlook.Hi, Im calling about the two bedroom. Yes, I know I already called 20 times, but I couldnt remember if I gave you the correct phone number…Checking the newspaper and refreshing the Craigslist home page has pretty much become second nature these days, and there is no denying that the habit is starting to border on obsession as the days tick away towards the end of our lease. We know in the end that things will work out like they always seem to do but the anxious feeling of uncertainty is starting to keep us up at night.So for all of you out there experiencing the same roller-coaster ride, were right there with you. Keep fighting the good fight, because in the end, living in Summit County is totally worth it. We out on this Wednesday, trying to stay optimistic about the future.
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