I’ve made it through another summer holiday! Through prioritising, ranking tenant’s calls between “urgent” and “they’re so pissed they don’t know who they’re dialling” I managed to beg, bribe and stall tenants and kids to get the job done. So, it’s with great relief to us all that school has thrown open their doors ready to impart academic excellence on my children. Thank you!
Only one room abandonment, one case of unacceptable behaviour and two washing machine leaks in 8 weeks – I must be getting better. However, it cost me two playmobil toys, several cakes and magazines and a promise that “It’ll just take a minute” – and that’s just to the kids.
Despite my sixth sense telling me that Barnaby was about to do a runner, advising him on claiming housing benefit and listening to why his life had fallen apart, not 24 hours later and…………………..he’d done a runner! He kindly left me several topless posters, countless filled condoms and a filthy mattress – it was a wonder I didn’t get pregnant taking it to the tip. By the time Housing Benefit had processed his claim, put the money into his account, then it was left to me to inform them that he’d gone AWOL (Absent Without Leave for non military types). A clean, a paint and a new mattress and the room was rented out again.
Treated the kids to a trip to London and a show to come back to a call from one of my bigger tenants “There are 2 incoherent blokes in the kitchen and if you don’t get rid of them you’re going to need to wipe blood off the hallway”. So 12.30am I’m off to confront two scruffy but swaying strangers attempting to intimidate my tenants with slurred threats. Luckily, no one understood them and they were gracious enough to leave when I asked. Turns out their “mate” was comatose upstairs oblivious to the fracas they caused. Pissed? Stoned? Who could tell, but they were not nice. Spoke to said tenant in the morning about “being responsible for visitors” and, this not being the first time, suggested he find himself somewhere else to live where he wasn’t going to upset other people who had to get up for work the next day.
These two incidences are typical events in the life of an HMO landlady/landlord. I’ll be writing more about the Housing Benefit claim flaws and ways to deal with antisocial behaviour (legally) in future blogs.
New Year, New Me!
As the academic year gets underway I have vowed to work harder, smarter and stay two steps ahead of the houses. I’m helping out a commercial landlord who lets multiple units in two business centres (it’s much the same as HMO just less swearing), been invited into a business deal involving one of my tenants (just checking the legalities) and have a brilliant idea about office sharing. Stay with me, it could be a fun ride!