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    Hi guys,

    I currently share a rental house with 2 other housemates. This house as some of you know doesn't allow dogs and I've been going crazy here without Keeda with me. I would like some advice about renting a house on my own, a house that allows dogs, in Perth (preferably southern suburbs, but anything that I can afford). Sorry, this gets pretty long, so it's just for anyone who has time to read and give some advice maybe.

    Now, here's an overview of my finances that I have to keep in mind. I'm horrible at calculating all this stuff out for myself and while I'm doing my best, I could really use some advice and feedback from those wiser than me and with more experience renting etc :S

    I'm on 47k a year currently, before tax, about $740 a week after tax.

    For the basics, I'd have to pay rent, water, and electricity bills...that's all I can think of...right? I have no idea how much water and electricity costs >.<. Right now I just pay a bulk amount of $180 per week for all bills + rent via my housemates.

    In addition I pay $79 per month on my mobile phone plan and can spend less than $100 on my food (I don't really eat much :S)

    Now, dog expenses - as Keeda is currently living with my mom she buys her food, but I pay for it. However I'm not sure how much individual packs cost nowadays as it's been quite a while since I moved out of home. I just transfer money to her in bulk every several weeks. Keeda needs to lose weight, so she'd be eating less than she currently is. Could anyone with a medium sized dog give me a roundabout figure as to what I can expect to pay per week on dog food? I'm planning on feeding a pre-packaged BARF diet, or another good quality food. I don't want to feed her those cheap sausage rolls from the market :S

    Vet bills - she visits the vet once a year for shots, which is about $100. I'd want to get some savings behind me for emergency vet bills as well before moving out.

    Transport. I currently spend about $55 per week to commute to and from work by public transport. I have a 4 cylinder car as well, it's small so won't take much fuel, however I can't drive it for another 6 months.

    I would probably like to have up to $100 per week of spending money if possible, and have leftover money to put into savings as well.

    So judging by just the above excluding rent itself, water, and electricity I'd be paying about $275 for my phone bill, my own food (assuming I'll spend $100 a week, which I probably won't), transport, and spending money. And I still need to figure out the rent, electricity and water, and dog food amounts.

    Judging by this...plus estimated other bills...is it plausible for me to move out by myself? Or do you think it would be REALLY stretching it? I would need a house with a backyard (the bigger the better, but I would also be going out to run and cycle with Keeda daily so if it's small it isn't the end of the world), and preferably 2 bedrooms. I'm trying to figure out all the figures in my head, but as I've never rented by myself before I'm not confident in my estimating skills :S

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    hey,
    Do u have to live south the river? My brother is looking for a new place but he is looking out toward bullsbrook cos he works in muchea..
    The outer surubs of perth are cheaper to rent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peta23 View Post
    hey,
    Do u have to live south the river? My brother is looking for a new place but he is looking out toward bullsbrook cos he works in muchea..
    The outer surubs of perth are cheaper to rent
    Hi Peta, yeah I do. I have no idea where bullsbrook is I know Bull Creek, but I'm guessing it's not the same thing? I'm currently in Aubin Grove in Cockburn.

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    oh yep. I take u havent been in perth for long. bullsbrook is north of the river, like half way to gin gin.

    cockburn is a good. It will be hard to find a house that will let u have a dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peta23 View Post
    oh yep. I take u havent been in perth for long. bullsbrook is north of the river, like half way to gin gin.

    cockburn is a good. It will be hard to find a house that will let u have a dog.
    I've been here for 4 years, but rarely go to the North so am not familiar with any of the suburbs there . I found quite a few houses for under $300 per week rent in Armadale and a couple of them allow dogs, I'm going to see one tonight. I've never been to Armadale before but heard that it's not one of the best suburbs, but that it isn't HORRIBLE either. Besides I'd have Keeda with me when we're on our walks and runs, so I'd feel safer. Now the question is if I can afford to pay $270 per week at all :S

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    armadale is a really bad surbubs.. thats why its cheap.. There are good areas in armadale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peta23 View Post
    armadale is a really bad surbubs.. thats why its cheap.. There are good areas in armadale.
    Maybe I'll luck out and find something in one of the good areas :S I hope

    Moving out is much more urgent for me now as something happened last night where one of my housemates said something very inappropriate to me (I don't want to go into what he said, it makes me sick just to think about it). I can't stay in this house anymore and just have to get out as soon as possible.

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    Sorry, I'm not much help but what about Carlise or Belmont? SOR & not too expensive I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren View Post
    Sorry, I'm not much help but what about Carlise or Belmont? SOR & not too expensive I believe.
    I saw some properties under $300 in Carisle last night when I was looking that looked quite good. My boyfriend was very worried about the suburb though (his mom lives there, it never seemed that bad to me when we come visit and stay there sometimes). He's also worried about Armadale too and I'm trying to keep him in mind as he might be moving out with me at the same time or later down the track. The thing is I'll be paying 90% of the bills and rent (he's in uni and has a casual job, so will contribute what he can but it's not much) and while I'm trying to keep him in mind and move somewhere he'd like to live as well, he doesn't seem to understand that these suburbs are the only ones I can afford.

    I didn't see anything in Belmont yet, but I'll definitely do a search there, thanks for the idea!

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    A friend of mine lives in Carlisle and she likes it. It's quite central. IMO better than Armadale but the choice is yours

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