Government forcing landlords to house non-paying tenants for lengthy periods11:18 AM, 15th September 2020
About 6 days ago 39
Following last week’s article on setting up an HMO from scratch I’m reporting on the last week’s activities which were pretty much devoted to finding tenants. As promised I have also included pictures of the HMO post refurbishment at the bottom of this article.
A second ad in the local paper has elicited some interesting people – advertising rooms demonstrates what an eclectic world we live in.
The carpets went down in the rooms, furniture pushed into place which had been bought from the auction and a charity shop, spent a fortune on household items such as bins, airers, ironing board, etc., hung curtains and cleaned, cleaned, cleaned……
Then: the shower stopped working, the boiler went on the blink, we couldn’t match the toilet seat so had to replace the entire unit and, to top it all, the water stopped. It turned out the flat below (which we don’t own) had noticed a drip from the stopcock so they turned it off not realising it fed the whole property. The landlord has tasked me with phoning the water company this week to get two separate feeds into the flat and our maisonette above.
The best way to illustrate the ad responders is to divide them into “Please come in” and “Absolutely no way”
There were others who phoned but I didn’t meet and I know there are many, many more out there. As the saying goes “Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet” or, in my case “Strangers are still strangers until they’ve filled in the form, been referenced checked by the decorator and signed the tenancy agreement”.
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