We (family of five, three kids) overall had a pleasant stay at Emrah's apartment. It's situated only about 12 minutes' walk from Stavanger's city center, where the bus depot and train station are. His place is bright and comfortable, and plenty spacious. The wifi is fast and stable. Some of the Ikea (?) furniture hasn't stood up well to the abuse of previous users/guests, and multiple venetian blinds are pretty badly damaged. All the appliances are in great working condition and we found the place clean and ready at the appointed hour.
The only truly bad experience — and I'm sure this was a VERY rare event — was that on the second night of our stay, a strange woman let herself into the apartment while we were there, without even bothering to knock. Nor did she attempt to introduce herself. She could or would not communicate what she was doing there (I addressed her in the four languages I speak, to no avail), seemed completely unconcerned about our privacy, and simply breezed by us to barge upstairs — just as my three daughters, in a state of half undress, were getting ready for bed. Once she had apparently viewed what she was there for, she left. This very strange, invasive episode left us slack-jawed, rattled, and frankly, angry. I immediately texted Emrah to ask him what the hell that was about, and though at first he said he had no knowledge of who the stranger was, he then figured out that she's his freelance laundry woman. Something had gotten miscommunicated between them. Emrah apologized sincerely for the experience and says he has talked to her to prevent a repeat. For the sake of future guests, I should certainly hope so. We of course accepted his apology.
Stavanger is lovely, by the way. Don't forget to visit the wonderfully eclectic, impossibly charming Stavanger Museum.
For those planning on hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), be advised that it takes a boat ride and then a bus ride to get to the take-off point, from where it is a strenuous two-hour climb/hike for most people (closer to three hours if you're past your physical prime or are traveling with a seven-year-old, as we were). Bring at least a one-liter bottle of water per person, and ensure you bring sturdy shoe, as the path is rough and boulder-strewn. Definitely worth it, though.