Yesterday I might have gotten a flat to live in.  Decent rent, decent size, decent location.  Turned out there was a couple also interested in renting it and we both turned up at the same time trying to reserve it.  To cut a long story short, the person at the estate agent who would have made the final decision was out until tuesday so we would have been in the lurch until then, and seeing as the other party was a couple living currently living with friends, I couldn’t justify competing with them, so I backed out.  Logically it makes sense.  I just hope this isn’t going to be a recurring theme.