50 Shades of Grey for landlords and letting agents

50 Shades of Grey for landlords and letting agents

17:44 PM, 2nd October 2012, About 11 years ago 18

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shades of greyApparently “shades of grey” now means something different to what it meant a year or so back. I chuckled when I read a comment left on this forum last week by a landlord who suggested it was the hair colour changes an average male landlord experiences when dealing with his first tenant from hell.

This made me think, as a bit of fun, what else might 50 shades of grey relate to in our industry?

Here’s a few to get you started:-

50 Shades of Grey?

  • A fashion show at a convention of letting agents?
  • Advertisements for “instant equity” BMV deals?
  • Civil servants understandings of what constitutes and HMO?
  • Ties for lawyers?

I’m sure your comments will be far more amusing than my suggestions so see below and see whether you can do better that your fellow landlords and letting agents.

If you have any property based stories which relate to this title please also share those. I know one of our readers has an email blog about a professional dominatrix who lives in the same block as he lets a property in. I’m hoping he will share some of those stories. If he offers you an opportunity to be part of his mailing list, please be aware that the content and especially the pictures are of an adult nature.

When I was looking to buy a house in Florida I visited one which was a repossession, or a foreclosure as they call it. The Realtor didn’t tell us before we arrived that one of the rooms had been converted to being a dungeon! Sorry to disappoint but that was not the one I purchased LOL

To all Landlords and Letting Agents with an IQ of over 50 – please test those grey cells of yours and let’s see who can come up with the most witty comments.

I’m looking forward to reading your comments below.

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19:42 PM, 2nd October 2012, About 11 years ago

Deposit refund

21:02 PM, 2nd October 2012, About 11 years ago

Probably not very witty but thought I would add these ones anyway.
Dealing with Council staff over the years and the things they say I'm sure has caused some of my grey hairs.
eg :
a) "Housing Benefit isn't there to pay your mortgage" - council tax staff (when trying to hurry them up with paying overdue HB & mentioning my BTL mortgages have to be paid )
b) "My finishing time was 4.45 and I have gone well past that now" - member of staff in a Local Council office at 4.55 pm.
c) "I have never met a poor landlord yet" - more local council staff. At a meeting to vote on major external works costing £6000 per person. (I had voted NO as difficult to raise funds & works non-essential.)
d) "Have you thought about getting a loan ?" - at the same meeting as in (c) .
Anne Dean

22:54 PM, 2nd October 2012, About 11 years ago

How is letting a property like being Ana in 50 shades of grey? ANSWER: Both involve a ridiculous contract, being tied up and punishment for fun!

23:08 PM, 2nd October 2012, About 11 years ago

The creamy froth erupted over her face and hair. Mary hated when she sneezed into a pint of Guinness after a hard day training landlords


23:33 PM, 2nd October 2012, About 11 years ago

BMV Instant Equity deals - guaranteed to bring on grey hair. "The investor could envision the promised profit and felt a familiar throbbing as his excitement grew. Alas, the exquisite fantasy of property riches became a painful reality of loss as he pulled up his trousers and looked at his accounts. If only he could whip the letting agent in a bid to transfer his frustration at being so naive and enjoy the ensuing screams".

Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

8:32 AM, 3rd October 2012, About 11 years ago

Clearly we have found the level. OK my turn. She was panting as she let out her final scream of joyous pleasure ...... the decorating was finally complete!

10:12 AM, 3rd October 2012, About 11 years ago

Hot and sweaty they finally made there way back to the bedroom, their both eyes gazing towards the darkest corner. I suppose the damp patch is mine again he thought, why don't tenants ever open the bloody windows?!!!


12:31 PM, 3rd October 2012, About 11 years ago

Mark, I feel a saucy book about property innuendos coming on.......!

Mary Latham

16:54 PM, 3rd October 2012, About 11 years ago

Am I the only person in the world who has not and never will read this book? When I need a book for inspiration I will give up!!

18:05 PM, 3rd October 2012, About 11 years ago

The colour of the sheets when I took back a fully furnished let!

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