How is this in any way appropriate?

How is this in any way appropriate?

8:36 AM, 30th November 2018, About 4 years ago 18

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This was found by our Property118 member Juliet who said:

“This tube line goes through king’s cross, so potentially people from all over the country might see it! It turns out to be an advert for a letting agency!

“I have now seen by going to the website, however when I saw the advert yesterday, I thought it was going to be some anti-landlord rallying organisation, and it’s just reinforcing the stereotype of how we are being portrayed is it not?”

Website of the Agency >>

The advertisement says: “No more shall you have to deal with lazy landlords or dodgy agents. No more shall you be hit with hidden fees or not get your deposit back. No more shall you have to sit on sofas that sag a little in the middle. Today we stand up for renters who deserve more.

“Today we say yesto no deposits. Yes to no fees. Yes to utilities and wifi included. Yes to 24 hour support. And yes to living in a neighbourhood full of bustling food markets, shops and entertainment. Friends, families, lovers. Welcome to the Rental Rebellion”


by Sue Twyford

10:00 AM, 30th November 2018, About 4 years ago

Great stuff Yvonne. I've just had a look at the website; so any 'rebel' tenants will find that the rentals are high and beyond the means of many, so will only appeal to the more affluent tenants. So their statement that they are "standing up for renters who deserve more" should add "and will need to be able to afford much much more! " Time too for that nice Mr Hammond to take some action on the offshoring activities of these landlords.

by Old Mrs Landlord

10:00 AM, 30th November 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Will Taylor at 30/11/2018 - 09:04I was wondering where the "astronomical rents" were that Polly Neate of Shelter referenced on BBC Breakfast earlier this week when commenting on causes of homelessness, because they certainly aren't to be found in the provincial England of my experience! A very reasonable £15-£25 per day is the norm in this part of the world for up to three bedrooms. (This is unfurnished, however, as apart from HMOs there is no demand for furnished.)

by Yvonne Francis

14:51 PM, 30th November 2018, About 4 years ago

This is only a marketing ploy so good luck to them. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating. I know my kids who are well paid professionals, living and working in London would not touch it will a barge pole. Smacks to me like retirement homes for OAP's but in this case for the unimaginative young who like soft living.

by Yvette Newbury

15:31 PM, 30th November 2018, About 4 years ago

I cannot imagine any of our tenants wanting to pay anything like those prices, so pricey!

by Paul Haines

11:48 AM, 1st December 2018, About 4 years ago

Oh no - I've been rumbled - I am one of those lazy landlords. I was at one of my houses yesterday fitting a new dishwasher for the tenant, and just had a flashback - the sofa did sag a little in the middle!

I admit I didn't pay too much attention at the time as they were drying washing on a maiden so my view was obscured. As they had mentioned condensation issues, I was more concerned as to why they didn't make us of the tumble drier or the outdoor washing line provided.

I think I tick all the other boxes - utilities, wifi included and a TV licence thrown in (no mention of that in their advert).

Back to the sofa, with a little sag in my defence I may have been pre-occupied replacing all the mattresses in the last tenant change over, re-decorating, arranging fitting of a new front door and thumblocks to rear doors...(note to self - must read up on why insurance companies insist on dead locks, police advise not to have locks that can be easily opened by breaking a window and putting your hand through and why agent tells me I must have doors that can be easily opened. My explanation to tenant that it is better to be robbed/met by an intruder in your home than be burned to death didnt really cut the mustard!).

It was the time before that this house had been used as a cannabis farm, so can't use that nightmare as an excuse for neglecting the sofa....(police can't do anything unless they 'actually catch the person in the act of tending to the cannabis plants with a watering can in in their hand'. Stupidly I didnt realise that of course a tenant could pop to the shop to buy a pint of milk and 'hey presto' when they come back some unkown third party has broken in (thumblocks!), rewired the main fuse and started a cannabis farm...or alternatively all the equipment could be there for somebody with a penchant for tomatoes. I thanked the police for pointing out the many parallel universe possibilities for a cannabis farm appearing in my property other that the obvious conclusion we would all be far too quick to jump to.

I sometimes wake up in a cold sweat thinking the gas safety checks may be overdue, but I need to add a saggy sofa to my stress list....maybe I am a penny pinching landlord still traumatised by the disappearance of wear and tear allowance and trying to build up a contingency fund to pay my increasing tax bill.

Call me old fashioned, but I saved so hard to buy my first house, that I coudnt even afford a sofa - thankfully we had one that had been passed around the family for 20 odd years. It was a great sofa....when we could afford one it was passed to my niece who had just bought her first house. That sofa was probably used at some time by the whole family - its was kind of like the circle of life. Only last year that sofa (which must be 40 years old now), had run out of new foster homes. It was a little saggy and still useful but sadly it was without the fire safety labels.....

I thought that providing quality furnished accomodation with all bills included for about £12 a day for my tenant was a fair a realise that I can't claim true quality whilst having a little sag in my sofas. Must do better!

by Old Mrs Landlord

11:57 AM, 1st December 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Paul H at 01/12/2018 - 11:48
Thanks for making me smile Paul. You illustrate the sense of humour any landlord who wants to continue in the business needs to cultivate.

by Sue Twyford

13:46 PM, 1st December 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Paul H at 01/12/2018 - 11:48
Oh Paul, I have just stopped laughing. All your points very well put and with such great humour. I knew it would be funny when I reached the second paragraph - especially as maidens are so hard to find these days 🙂 🙂

by David Price

16:15 PM, 1st December 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Sue Twyford at 01/12/2018 - 13:46
Hard to find? I thought Maidens had been officially declared extinct - perhaps just extinct in my age group (70 plus).

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