Proud to be a Landlord

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13:45 PM, 26th July 2018
About 2 months ago

Proud to be a Landlord

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Proud to be a Landlord

Within the last ten minutes I have received proof that being a fair, kind and friendly landlord who provides good quality accommodation and communicates with their tenants, pays off and is appreciated.

During the last couple of weeks it has been necessary to get a couple of minor repairs done at two properties. One tenant insisted that she get quotes and deals with it all to save me any hassle and even offered to go halves on the bill ‘because I’ve always been good to her’. The other tenant has jumped to my defence and wants to give an unreliable plumber ‘a stern talking to’ because he has let me down and been very unreliable. Both tenants have told me how much they appreciate that I have been fair with them when they have had their problems.

After reading so much negative drivel in the press lately, this has confirmed that I am, after all, in the right ‘career’ for me and that my efforts are appreciated. Statistics and surveys can say what they want. I know I’m doing things the right way and so do my tenants!

Isn’t it a great feeling to be able to be proud to be a landlord!

Debi



Comments

Neil Patterson

13:48 PM, 26th July 2018
About 2 months ago

Love this article

Thank you Debi x

Mark Alexander

13:51 PM, 26th July 2018
About 2 months ago

Hi Debi

I too have lots of very positive feedback from my tenants and I am guilty of not sharing that enough. I suspect most of us are.

sara webb

14:23 PM, 26th July 2018
About 2 months ago

I only have three rentals and for most of the year I completely forget about them, my tenants are great and happy ith their homes, they are annoying cos they wont tell us of little problems because they don't want to disturb us

Mark Alexander

14:27 PM, 26th July 2018
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by sara webb at 26/07/2018 - 14:23
That’s why regular inspections are so necessary. For example?, if sealants around baths, sinks, worktops etc need replacing but don’t get reported this can lead to big repair bills.

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10:10 AM, 27th July 2018
About 2 months ago

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Michael

12:16 PM, 27th July 2018
About 2 months ago

Well done Debi
Treating people as you would like to be treated yourself pays off in the long run and being in property pays off in the long run.
Despite all of the negative changes that are happening good professional landlords will find a way around them and move forward and enhance their lives and their tenants lives in the future.

David Dorset

15:23 PM, 27th July 2018
About 2 months ago

Good article and maybe an aspect they we all miss from time to time. We of course discuss and focus on the problems but then the rest of the time it is all running well and we should be grateful for that.
I have a policy of meeting all of my new tenants before they move in. They are then given my mobile and email and asked to report any issues or defects Monday - Friday during office hours (except for emergencies). This means i can enjoy my free time in the evenings and weekends. It also means i need to quickly deal with any maintenance or admin issues that come through during the week.
It is amazing the amount of tenants who say they have never met their previous landlords. I think relationship building, whether in business or as a landlord, is very important. Build the trust and respect and the rest will look after itself.
Suffice to say the best deals are when everybody involved feels they are being treated fairly and decently.

Old Mrs Landlord

7:49 AM, 28th July 2018
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael at 27/07/2018 - 12:16
I am in agreement with your post, but would respectfully suggest that it would be better to say that good professional landlords will find a way through the regulations rather than "around" them as you say, because your choice of preposition suggests circumventing the legislation rather complying with it. However, it does seem at the moment that dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's to keep up to date means hours of diligent attention to detail and risks drowning landlords in paperwork, with the result that many are simply deciding the game is no longer worth the candle.

Gillian Schifreen

10:19 AM, 28th July 2018
About 2 months ago

I watched threads on social media about terrible landlords and have frequently seen my tenants post comments about having the best landlord in the world. Quite frankly I do shed the odd tear. We are extremely good to our tenants, chocolate hampers in the summer, champagne at Christmas and it costs pennies but it means our tenants don't leave unless they absolutely have too.


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