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Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 07 9:33 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

cab wrote:

Generally I think that if you treat people well then they'll treat you well. If someone starts out by treating you badly, like your landlord, then you need to go do something about it.


This sounds like Thought For The Day. Hey, isn't that a great featurette?

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 07 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nickhowe wrote:

This sounds like Thought For The Day. Hey, isn't that a great featurette?


God didn't tell me to say it. He DID tell me to burn your teepee, though.

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Welsh Girls Allotment



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 07 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got one tennant who a complete dream and wants to stay there until she dies - her words and she's only in her forties however the other property has been dreadful it was gutted and refurbed before we rented ( both were previously our homes) the first tennant had a thing for putting pooh filled adult knickers in the airing cupboard and putting holes through solid hardword doors 4 needed to be replaced along with frames they also left owing a month and half rent, the husband works with my husband but says its nothing to do with him as it was in his wifes name and has the audacity to wave and try to speak to me in the street

alison
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 07 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

WGA

That sounds like our carpet burner. They rented our house for 3 years, but eventually got divorced, and as the house was in his name she tried to do things to cost him money.

marigold



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 07 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
marigold wrote:

Yup, and the feckless people's behaviour means that even a totally responsible tenant is treated as a potential criminal .


I think its a two way thing; many veterans of rented houses treat any new landlord as a potential enemy too.

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I have had to "improve" the newly-renovated house I live in because the landlord didn't bother to fit any curtain tracks and simply ignored my requests that he do so. Not a huge expense, but I don't think it's one I should have had to bear. Few of the doors close properly, and he also ignores requests for them to be fixed, so I either have to sort them myself or put up with the inconvenience.

The house was also dirty when I moved in with builder's mess everywhere (including dirty lavatory - yuk!!!). There were two boxfuls of old circulars, free newspapers and previous tenants' mail littering the kitchen. No gas/elec either and I wasn't told it had pre-payment meters.... Great fun getting that sorted on a freezing cold Feb day.


Clearly your landlord can best be described by a word beginning with 'c' and ending with 't'. There are some complete gits out there who believe that house tenants are the lowest of the low, only fit to be farmed for rent. I've seen some awful rental property. In your position I'd be off to CAB to see what they can do to advise you, and I'd be looking for somewhere else to live too.

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If I was fortunate enough to own property to rent out I'd make sure it was clean and welcoming to new tenants and probably leave them tea and biscuits and a bunch of flowers. I'm a fool aren't I?


The thing is, if you treat your tenant properly then they'll be good to you too. I've had a couple of brilliant landlords, and when that happens you stay where you are, you don't look to move, and you treat the property with a lot more care and respect. Its human nature. Then they get a steady income stream, less work to do, everyone is happy.

As a landlord now (we don't rent a property, we've only got the one we live in, and thats not ours for years, but we do have lodger) I take the same approach you would. Feed him once or twice a week (its leftovers from the plot anyway, most of our food) as its healthy to eat with people you live with, keep his room in good repair, and if for any reason the house is a state (like the week the central heating was being installed, and like this week when I'm rebuilding the kitchen) we rebate his rent. Oh, and we keep the rent on the low side because then we get to pick and choose who we want to live with; that turns an unused third bedroom into three grand a year, with little or no work. And that pays for updating our house (said central heating and kitchen).

Generally I think that if you treat people well then they'll treat you well. If someone starts out by treating you badly, like your landlord, then you need to go do something about it.


I've probably made it sound worse than it is - just wanted to make the point that not all tenants are crap.

On balance there are lots of good reasons for staying here and just shrugging off the irritations. I've got fantastic neighbours (who absolutely love me after a string of crap noisy tenants ). I KNOW I'm a great tenant, as does the letting agency (and probably the landlord too) and I'd rather keep the peace until/unless I really need to let rip (e.g. he tries to raise the rent...) than constantly niggle. He is quick to sort out certain things (blocked sink outlet, loose tile on the roof), but clearly isn't interested in doing anything non-essential that is merely for my convenience/comfort.

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