After I made it through the demise of 1UP, my wedding, taking a new job after a decade at 1UP, my honeymoon, and launching USgamer, I figured the rest of 2013 would be comparatively calm. Serves me right. Yesterday our landlord’s son called and let us know that the landlord, who owns our apartment outright, wants to move in and make this building her residence. Which means that in a few days we’ll be getting a move-out notice giving us 60 days to relocate. 2013 is going out the way the way it came in.
I’ve been worried about this happening for a while now. My wife moved into this place in 2004, and we’ve been paying rent-controlled 2004 rates in a real estate market that has exploded into dotcom millionaire insanity. I wondered when our landlord would get wise and kick us out; I mean, she says she’s going to move in, but I kind of doubt it. My guess is that they’re going to renovate the place and either rent it for twice what we current residents are paying or convert it into a single-family dwelling and sell it for a million dollars or more. That would also explain why they’re willing to give us a pretty substantial moving stipend.
Not that a stipend helps that much. There’s no way we could find another place in this city with rent comparable to what we pay now, so we’re being forced to relocate, which is going to be expensive. More expensive than the stipend they’re providing will cover, that’s for damn sure. Since we have to pack up and head somewhere else, we’re thinking of making it count — either relocating to Long Beach or NYC. It’s really weird and heartbreaking that NYC rent would cost us a lot less than a different place in San Francisco, but that’s the stupid dotcom bubble that’s happening here for you.
Anyway, just a heads-up. This site is going to need to take a back seat to real life for a while. And you’re probably going to see me on the street corner begging for money so we can afford the move… so if you walk past me panhandling, just politely avert your eyes rather than kicking me.