Ok, I can get a really small 1-BR place a few blocks from where I'll be working and within walking distance to a lot so I would be in a very convenient location and saving a few hundred dollars a month. This would be a short term lease so I could move into a better, bigger place before difficult child is released next summer. However, then I'd have to pay for another move, deposits, etc and pay for the little furniture I will have purchased by then to be moved. Apparently, it wouldn't be a good idea to stay in that neighborhood after difficult child is released even if I found a bigger place there. The houses are nice but the school district isn't a good one for a teen, particularly for a difficult child. Then, I found a great deal on a single family home that is about 4-5 miles from where I'll be working, has all relatively new appliances, is beautiful on the inside. They agreed to come down on rent to meet the higher end of my range. It has 2 bedrooms so there would be no need to pay for another move next year. It is in the better school district. If I sign a 2-year lease, I don't have to pay a deposit which would compensate for saving money monthly and I could use my deposit money to start getting furniture. I could sign a 1-year lease with a deposit but then I could only save a very little each month. I asked boss his opinion. He's concerned about what happens if the company's contract with higher ups doesn't get extended after next year. Me too but I figure I sol if that happens no matter what. Now boss is sounding more conservative than me. It really must have been his wife behind the idea of hurrying and renting their place to me. He and I have both kind of agreed that it would just be too sticky. A PO doing a home visit would sure prefer to see that house than me in a tiny 1-BR telling them I;'ll move before difficult child gets out. Oh- the house has a fenced in yard and I hate leash walking on a regular basis. Plus it has a wife and I hate washing dishes but I could live with it if I had to. Is it so bad if I sign a two year lease (which also locks them into not raising rent for that long) and if something did happen and I couldn't stay that long, I find someone to take over it?