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Saturday, May 13, 2017


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Hi Simon,

Thanks for your brief but concise outline. Accordingly, I draw up an essay below. Have a nice day.

It is true that renting a house is preferred by several people than buying a home. This essay will discuss some benefits of this choice and then analyze some drawbacks that may arise.

The primary advantage is that renting a house seems easy, flexible, and fast. That is to say, there are numerous apartments available for lease, which enables you to promptly choose the most suitable one. Furthermore, as a tenant you are not required to bear the maintenance cost of the rented house. For example, although my manager is very wealthy, he opted for living in a rented apartment. He advised that the house rental cost was cheaper compared to possessing a new house and it was very convenient for him to change his accommodation when necessary.

On the other hand, the main downside of this trend is that it is not considered a long-term investment. Besides, the landlord is entitled to lay down rules and increase the rental cost. Indeed, owning a house is really a long-term investment for your life. When renting a house, you are requested to obey all of the rules stipulated by its owner. For instance, a couple of years ago, when I was living in a rented house, I was not allowed to go out by 11:00 pm because the landlord usually closed the door beforehand. Also, the rental cost suddenly went up without any prior notice.

In conclusion, whilst renting a house can bring the benefits of convenience and cost efficiency, it can be deemed a short-term choice and lack of flexibility.

Hello Simon,

I'd like to thank and appreciate your effort and passion you put towards your students. I personally, have learned a lot from your blog and hope to achieve a good result.

I had an IELTS general exam on May 13th in Egypt, Cairo. I would like to share writing task2 which had talked about retirement where people should retire over 60 to 65 years. However, some people want to continue working until they want. Give your opinion with support.

I had written 4 to 5 support points as following:

Firstly, it will lead to increase unemployment rate because young people will not being promoted since only people still hold their job. In addition, it will affect fresh graduates who looking for new opportunity.

Secondly, Most of old staff are exposed to many health issues such as diabetes, respiratory problems, impaired hearing, and high blood pressure which affect their work performance and cannot cope with job stressful any more.

Thirdly, people who need to retire do not have the energy, careers progression and adapt new work style like young people who always accept challenges and looking to prove themselves.

Finally, old employees do not have flexibility to any new idea, for example, Google Company have succeeded to invent new technology by young staff who looking for the future to grow up.

Thanks again for your help and compassion.


Khaled Said

Dear Simon,

Thank you for all the useful sharing, here is my practice.

Renting houses instead of owning property is getting more popular than ever. However, there are many aspects to be speculated and considered before becoming renters.

The most apparent advantage of renting houses is flexibility. That is to say; you have the right to change to a new place at the end of the contract due to any consideration, such as neighbor issue, disagreement with the landlord, relocation at work, or any other personal affair. Besides, it is less stressful to bear the burden of the mortgage. According to a statistic, it takes at least 30 years to pay off house loan in Taiwan for a nuclear family, and it means there is no additional money for other entertainment, investment, or emergency. For example, I am a travel lover, so I decide to rent a small studio apartment to save money for three to four trips a year.

However, there are some disadvantages regarding renting houses. Firstly, renters are not allowed to renovate or change the layout of the houses in some circumstances. The house owners tend to keep the original look of the property, and renters have to compromise when they decide to sign the rental contract. Secondly, tenants might be forced to move expectedly or at the end of the contract. Some people own the houses for investment, and they will make any decision which could maximize their profit, so any sudden change is possible. For example, my family was asked to leave within one week when we just lived in the flat around three weeks, because another buyer decided to pay much higher buying the house.

In conclusion, it is better to compare the benefits and drawbacks of renting houses before any decision is made.

It is true that many people choose to rent a dwelling rather than purchase one nowadays. While there are a large number of benefits to rent a home ,there are still some drawbacks to do so.

There are several advantages of renting a house. Firstly, it is a relatively easy ,flexible and fast method which saves time and energy at the same time. For example, students and workers who move to new cities would find it more efficient and more effortless to settle down by renting a place to live in an unfamiliar environment. Secondly, tenants do not have to worry about essential, unexpected large expenses such as a new boiler or electrics. Finally, it can be cheaper to pay a rent as opposed to affording a mortgage deposit.

On the other hand, there are also plenty of disadvantages to a renter. The main drawback is that it is not a long term investment with potential to make a fortune in the future. Another drawback is that landlords always set rules and regulations. For instance, it is common that tenants are not allowed to renovate or redecorate their rooms as they wish or they are prohibited to let friends stay overnight. Furthermore, the rent can suddenly go up without expectation, which will cause a financial problem to a few families.

To sum up, in spite of the benefits that renting a home offers, there are also a lot of drawbacks for people to take into account before making a decision.

Here is my essay
Thanks a lot for your kind advice and help.
It is true that many people nowadays favor renting a house over buy it. There are pros and cons in this trend which I shall discuss in my essay.
One the one hand, there are several benefits of renting a house. Firstly, renting a house makes it easy for people to move from one place to another whatever they wish to. For example, students and workers who move to new cities for particular purposes find renting an apartment more convenient for them instead of buying one.
Secondly, most of the rented houses are already equipped with household facilities which means tenants do not need to cost more for furniture, kitchen appliances and so on.
Finally, from economic perspective, people find renting a house cheaper since there is no maintenance cost for the property and there is no need to pay mortgage deposit.

On the other hand, there are also drawbacks that deserve attention. One obvious disadvantage is that owning a house is a long term investment which benefit the owner in the long run when the value of the property goes up over time.
Besides, in most cases, there are rules and regulations that tenants are obliged to follow set by landlords. For example, it is not allowed to renovate or redecorate the place unless without permission from the owner.
Last but not least, one common problem that people living in a rented house face is that the rental can go up suddenly and they have to move out of the house if they cannot afford.
In short, there are both ups and downs for those choosing to rent a house than buying one. Therefore, my opinion is that it is up to individual to decide whether renting or owning a house would be the best option.

My essay:

It is true that many people would like to rent a house rather than purchasing it. There are many reasons for this trend, but consequently it has its own drawbacks as well.

On the one hand, there are several advantages of living in a rented property. Firstly, it is easy, flexible and quicker to move as it takes less time and money when compared to buying a property. For example, a student or worker who moves to a new city would need a temporary place to stay, closer to the university or workplace; therefore renting would be a better option in such situations. Secondly, letting a home would not involve any maintenance costs as these are borne by the landlord or owner. Finally, tenancy would be the cheaper option because owning a house requires a mortgage deposit which needs to be paid to the lender. Similarly, renters need not worry about filing a property tax.

Nevertheless, there are also some drawbacks of being a tenant. The major concern is that paying for housing is an overhead expense rather than an investment because in the long term, a person cannot expect any returns from the money that goes towards a rent. Additionally, an occupant has to follow certain rules set by the landlord or property agent, depending on the tenancy agreement. For instance, tenants are not allowed to renovate or redecorate as they wish. Furthermore, rental rates keep fluctuating depending on the vicinity and seasons. As a result, occupiers may have to shell out extra money from their pockets.

In conclusion, most individuals prefer to rent for several reasons as it has fewer risks, but it is not completely free of problems.

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