February 24, 2007 at 6:25 pm #52670
Has anyone here ever tried living in Spain and commuting to work in the UK?
No – I haven’t been on the Sangria 😆
Both myself and my wife work in the oil industry, our jobs are on the North Sea oil rigs working equal time on/off out of Aberdeen. With children having flown the coop (more or less!) and other relatives scattered far and wide, it seems there is little to keep us here. We own a couple of rental properties which bring in a nice little income, and we are seriously thinking of letting out our family home and going to live in Spain (for a trial period of say 6 months) – but keeping our offshore jobs in the UK, at least until we retire (in my case, 5 years away).
Commuting would not be a problem with the regular Monarch service to Aberdeen. Instead of buying a holiday home for ourselves and relatives, we are now thinking – why not make it our permanent pad?
What does the team think would be the problems and pitfalls of such an arrangement?
February 24, 2007 at 6:35 pm #69614
It sounds perfect Mark. 🙂 I presume you will rent for the initial 6 months so this would give you time & opportunity to really explore the place. Go for it!
February 24, 2007 at 7:11 pm #69615
It sounds pretty much perfect and in my time living here I have known several families in a similar position including ones with young families where the husband works on the rigs and the family saty in Spain.
February 24, 2007 at 7:17 pm #69616
“…and the family saty in Spain” (?!)
…and enjoy a wottle of bine perhaps, Inzez??
I know, I know – it is Naturday Sight…….. 😉
February 24, 2007 at 7:19 pm #69617
😆 😆 😆 Inez, when Charlie, Katerina & I meet up in Spain later in the year….fancy a girls night out???? I’ll leave my husband somewhere?? At home probably! !! 😉
February 24, 2007 at 7:22 pm #69618
Ahhhh youve both caught me out! Was such a nice day that after being dragged around Mercadonna (yak) had the reward at Pepes bar who pours much bigger measures than I do!
Consequently Ive just started sobering up!
And were getting stuffed by Ireland! 😡
February 24, 2007 at 7:25 pm #69619
That’s why I’m here…can’t bear to watch! Skating on Ice is on in the kitchen while I cook supper with a glass(or 2) of the red stuff! 🙂
February 24, 2007 at 7:29 pm #69620
Appalling show by our boys. And the worst of it my business partner is Irish so boy am I in for some stick. Ive already turned my mobile off!!!
February 24, 2007 at 7:34 pm #69621
For world champions we’ve got an awful long way to go to get back on form… To quote my husband! how off topic is this? But Ireland played BRILLIANTLY! At least Italy beat Scotland! 😉
February 24, 2007 at 7:36 pm #69622
Yes – they will need another 7 years I reckon!! Oh well, just kicked hubby into the kitchen to get the dinner made! May as well open another bottle!
February 24, 2007 at 7:38 pm #69623
I know a young Norwegian couple who work together on the rigs, 3 weeks on 3 weeks off they have settled here happily.
February 24, 2007 at 9:12 pm #69625
Certain professions allows this fexibilty. As far as living of the tenants is a viable proposition. However you will need to have some one responsible/trustable person back home to deal with emegencies.
Tenants seams to have the knack of breaking/damaging/destroying things in the property that as an owner occupier will go on working/functioning for years without needing any attention.
Losing the keys/subletting is a common problem to deal with. If the tenants knows that the landlord is away. Cannot trust the managing agents due to creative works and equally creative invoices.
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