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1. Posted by StanTheMan (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Again, this'll probably sound like a daft question, but it's something that's occurred to me as I'm thinking about my long trip. Basically, in order to maximize my money, I shall be giving up my rented flat (I'm not paying for it to lie empty, and the landlord won't allow me to sublet) and putting my furniture in storage until I return. So... how does that then affect my status with regard to financial transactions made whilst travelling (especially credit card), driver's license validity, hire arrangements, etc? I've not done anything like this before - always travelled with a home to return to, and a permanent address to put down. As it stands with my banking arrangements, I don't receive statements, bills or anything else through the post - I handle the whole thing online. I don't have anyone at home whose address I could use, either. I'll be technically homeless. Any thoughts about any problems I might encounter, please?

2. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 127 posts) 7y

Quoting StanTheMan

Again, this'll probably sound like a daft question, but it's something that's occurred to me as I'm thinking about my long trip. Basically, in order to maximize my money, I shall be giving up my rented flat (I'm not paying for it to lie empty, and the landlord won't allow me to sublet) and putting my furniture in storage until I return. So... how does that then affect my status with regard to financial transactions made whilst travelling (especially credit card), driver's license validity, hire arrangements, etc? I've not done anything like this before - always travelled with a home to return to, and a permanent address to put down. As it stands with my banking arrangements, I don't receive statements, bills or anything else through the post - I handle the whole thing online. I don't have anyone at home whose address I could use, either. I'll be technically homeless. Any thoughts about any problems I might encounter, please?

Can u not manage ur credit card online. Do u really have to have an address?? WOuld a friend not help u out???

3. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

It's an awesome question. And I don't really have an answer!

Ive been traveling for 13 months now and sold everything too, so i have no fixed address either. I also set up as much as i could with paperless statements etc, but banks are a funny lot and things still turn up at address's Ive given them. I just had to get a new international license. Luckily I was in New Zealand and these guys understand that government is a little wacky sometimes. The bike shop Id just bought something from let me use their address as a mailing address on the forms I had to fill in. Ive also met people on my travels that didn't mind if I used their address. trouble with this is i'm starting to leave a paper trail all over the place. I've had things mailed to me Poste Restante, that works really well in New Zealand and Australia, but probably wouldn't be trustworthy in less developed countries.

Immigration is a problem too when you have no fixed address. Ive found when it comes to immigration when entering a country, its best to lie! they want your permanent address and if you start getting clever and saying "oh I don't have an address anymore" your likely to open up a whole bag a worms, just fill the address in with your last address, or a dead relative or whatever! Same with occupation. I don't see my self as retired, but I don't work anymore either. When i fill out the immigration cards and it asks occupation, Ive now been a brain surgeon, bottle washer, movie star and train driver. No one ever questions it. Although I have worried that after putting "doctor" on the immigration form, when I was on flights, that someone might fall ill and the the flight attendant would rush up to me and say, "your a doctor, DO SOMETHING"

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Why tell the landlord?? Simple question.

5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Why tell the landlord?? Simple question.

I think you missed the point of the question. He's asking what does he do about mail for important things, now he has no address.

If you mean don't tell the landlord about sub letting. Yes he could get away with it, but it also gives the landlord the right to evict the tenant at anytime, and becomes a huge liability to him, because he has illegally sublet.

6. Posted by MartianTom (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

As Dodger says, big question. I'll be interested to see the responses as I'm thinking of doing the same thing

[ Edit: Edited on 10-May-2009, at 00:44 by MartianTom ]

7. Posted by StanTheMan (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Thanks for your responses, folks. Interesting information, Dodger, thanks a lot. I manage all my banking online, so that's not really a problem. The driving license, though, has my current address on it, so I just wondered how that would affect the validity of the document. I could use a friend's address, but I'd sooner not; someone did it to me once, and it became a serious pain - a good way to lose friends! Regarding my landlord - he lives on the premises, so I couldn't get away with subletting. Anyway... again, that's something I've done once before, and it's a nightmare I don't fancy revisiting. Not having to shell out for rent every month (I can get storage for £20 a month) gives me a lot more money to travel with - and I don't have to worry about what I might return to!

Thanks again.

8. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Use your current address, at which you should be on the electoral register and at which your driving licence etc are registered. If you can't come to an arrangement with your landlord to store your mail (for some mutually agreed sum of money if necessary), then hire a PO Box and pay the Royal Mail for a redirection for 6 months, 12 months or however long it will be. How you sort things out when you get back, if you need to sign on the dole, I don't know.

9. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

No "Dodger", I think you've missed the point - not me. Mail??.... Easy.
And where have you found a clause that states a Landlord can evict a tenant at anytime?? A bit rushed to criticise - I think.

10. Posted by StanTheMan (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Quoting Buzzcock

Use your current address, at which you should be on the electoral register and at which your driving licence etc are registered. If you can't come to an arrangement with your landlord to store your mail (for some mutually agreed sum of money if necessary), then hire a PO Box and pay the Royal Mail for a redirection for 6 months, 12 months or however long it will be. How you sort things out when you get back, if you need to sign on the dole, I don't know.

Thanks, Buzzcock. Way to go, I think. I'll worry about getting back when I get back!