headhonchoII - It would be slightly impractical to commute from Kaoshiung (Gaoxiong) (Gaoxiong) to Taipei every day.
It was my husband's job offer in Taipei that brought us here, after all.
Icon - At the moment we are having to do all this through a friend. There was very little time between the job offer and the starting date to prepare for the move, let alone learn any Mandarin. Most of the landlords so far do not seem keen on replacing anything (I guess there is always someone who will happily accept it so they don't need to spend anything on replacements) and quite a few of the places we've seen would need everything replaced. But we will keep trying because we will get nowhere if we don't.
Thank you for the tip. We've been hearing about nice places in Xindian from quite a few people, so we are going to investigate again over the next few days.
Oh, usually homes comes easily when recommended by a friend of a friend. Also try Tsui Mama's housing service. The places are a bit more decent than those you find on the web/public boards. And you have backup in case of trouble.
Though you can't read Chinese, have a look at some pics in the ads I attach. Close to MRT, elevator, cleanish, and under 20K.
This is a nice neighborhood, with a nearby park, and many small cozy restaurants:http://rent.591.com.tw/rent-detail-1083349.html
This neighborhood has its own shuttle bus:http://rent.591.com.tw/rent-detail-1079342.html
A bit of a splurge, a real house, but great air quality:http://rent.591.com.tw/rent-detail-1110601.html
Furnished but smaller:http://rent.591.com.tw/rent-detail-1132285.html
Lots of foreigners live here:http://rent.591.com.tw/rent-detail-1131396.html
This area is really convenient:http://rent.591.com.tw/rent-detail-1103017.html
In Xindian, I'd say most areas are OK. I do not like the building on top of the Zhichang MRT station, it has too many problems, but many foreigners live there, too. Bitan and up the hills are fine.
This means house has:
2房 two rooms
2廳 two halls -living room and dining room
1衛 one bathroom
2陽 two balconies
Size given in pings 台坪數：38坪