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Temporary Housing In Virginia Beach

Glen Allen, Virginia - Out of curiosity for temporary housing in Virginia Beach, I stumbled into this link which talks about short term rental, issues that’s been going on, the laws surrounding it and what a great opportunity it would be if dealt wisely by the government and investors as well. I do not really know if the two terms are the same, hence that is where my digging will start.

I also discovered is that Virginia recently passed SB1578, which gives local governments the ability to adopt ordinances that require owners to register their property for short-term rentals. The law gives local governments the ability to charge fees, collect taxes and impose a $500 fine if caught renting your property without having registered.

This is a great opportunity for those who wants to get into this kind of business, it will not just help legalize your operation also be a great help to the government. A win-win situation.

My main concern for this next blog of mine is to understand what temporary housing is in Virginia Beach and the scenario above is but a glimpse into the political side of it.

I do not know if my concept is correct about temporary housing and so I try to browse my ever so friendly google search, and here is what I’ve learned so far.

Temporary housing, also sometimes called corporate housing, is a term used in the relocation industry. It refers to renting a furnished apartment, condo, or home to someone, for a short period of time. Or can simply be a place for the homeless to sleep. It may connect to homeless shelters which If you are going to ask me about homeless shelters, you can check my previous blog. Just follow this link.

Hence, as I have browse through the net, I have found out that there is so much housing that can be considered, “temporary”. It can be in the form of:

  • Staying with friends

  • Taking road trips for the time being until I can find a permanent house

  • Staying in Airbnb

  • Corporate housing

  • An extended hotel or hostel, (hostel is cheaper)

  • Couch surfing (parents couch to be exact)

  • Living in a trailer

Taking these into consideration, I can draw a conclusion that temporary housing can be connected to the government or privately funded like the homeless shelters program, or the options which I mentioned above.

Well of course in homeless shelters I’ve known that though you get your temporary housing, sometimes the council has to move families between temporary addresses to make the most of the properties available. If you are going to be away overnight, you must inform the council and the manager of the temporary accommodation. Any absence from temporary accommodation must be agreed in advance.

Since temporary housing is but temporary, my next question would be, how long can one stay in the temporary housing?

Digging deeper, I’ve discovered that generally, you can stay as long as you pay your rent and charges and don't breach any of the terms and conditions for your accommodation. you can usually stay there until you're offered permanent rehousing. It requires that when you move into temporary accommodation, you will receive a tenancy agreement. If you break your tenancy agreement, you will be evicted. This can happen if you do not pay your rent.

Of course this is not applicable if you stay with your friends or do your couch surfing in your parents’ house.

So we’re done with the basics, let’s go to the nicer stuff of temporary housing. What benefits do we get from it? Is there even a benefit? What about its disadvantages?

There are a lot of benefits we can get with this so-called temporary housing. One of which is staying just for a few days when you’re waiting for your new house, or when you’re job hunting and don’t want to be tied up to a more permanent rental contracts. It will actually be more convenient to do temporary housing and cheaper at that, considering that you will simply be paying the days you stay and not shelling out deposit, unlike when you really rent a formal apartment or condo for that matter.

Of course, the cost varies. It can be from free, cheap, to the most expensive, depending on the options you’d like your temporary housing to be.

Come to think of it, there are a lot of benefits temporary housings can provide depending on various situations, and these situations can be:

  • During selling and buying a house

  • Processing transaction in other cities

  • While looking for a job

  • When you are moving to a new home

  • When you’re down and out, you can access the homeless shelters

In a scenario where you really have a house you sold and a house you are relocating to, wouldn’t it be great if we can do the selling and relocating at the same time to avoid the cost of temporary housing? But of course, this is not a perfect world, and there are occasions when temporary housing options have to be considered. The question is, how do you avoid homelessness and find cheap temporary housing between the time that your house sells and the time you purchase a house?

It need not be your ideal home as it is temporary, as long as it serves its purpose and give you the convenience of having a temporary shelter…. Then that, my friend, is temporary housing at its best.

As I’ve discovered, there’re a lot of options for it, a lot of pros and cons that goes with the options as well when choosing the temporary housing that fits your needs and that will work for you, not just financially, but for your whole well-being as well.

Whether you’re moving, building a new home, or remodeling your current home, finding short-term housing can be a bit of a challenge.

The bottom line is, with temporary housing, whatever the options you may choose, it will still be temporary until such time you get the permanent home you so desire, or when you go back to your permanent home. There’s a lot of facets to this concept and we haven’t even touched the surface of what it really is on both sides of the fence. Hence, giving you options to choose is just one way of helping you survive your homelessness at the moment. May it help you stretch every penny you have to make it worth your while, giving value to your money and getting the necessary service – and that is, a temporary shelter for a moment of homelessness.

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