So, since I posted the entry about our 'new' apartment, we had another discussion and decided that, along with buying furniture, paying half a month extra in February, and paying higher rent in general... that we couldn't afford the apartment. On Friday morning I left a message saying we were sorry, but couldn't accept.
An hour later, I got an email from the landlord asking if there's anything he can do to change our mind. We're thinking the apartment is haunted, has a rat infestation, or is the target of gang warfare. I mean, why else would a landlord make so many concessions in a place where it's so easy to find tenants?
Anyways, thinking that we'd give him conditions that he'd be crazy to accept, we said we wanted the rent reduced by 500kr/month, to move in the last weekend in February instead of halfway through the month, and to reduce the damage deposit.
In the meantime, we were invited to see two apartments today.
Yesterday we got an email back, agreeing with our terms. Huh!? We decided to go see one of the apartments, just for comparison. It sounded nice on paper, but turned out to be crap. So we're back to accepting the original apartment, this time on our own terms.
I'm really amazed, and happy. I never thought we'd have any 'negotiating' power here... and we've got everything the way we want it more or less. We will be paying 200kr/month less than our current place, and we are getting a bigger and better apartment.
As for the furniture question we decided that since we're designers and architects, we're going to do our own furniture. Our method involves 'rescuing' abandoned material from building site dumpsters and using wood pallets from school. We've already got ideas for a dining table, coffee table, shelving, and a day bed. See below for inspiration:
I think it's going to be good :)