I’ve just about reached the end of my tether and have decided that renting has just got to be an easier option. This week the following problems have jumped to the top of my maintenance schedule pushing all the others that have been patiently waiting right to the bottom until I have the money:
1. Three bed terraced house deserted by tenant who was offered council accommodation – besides dog poo in the garden, changed locks, doors hanging off, carpets ripped and evidence that she mistook the house as the local Tip – estimated bill to put right £2,500
2. Broken gutters and new damp course in another family home – tenant has been very patient whilst I’ve saved up the money to get the work done before the winter – £1,500 bill
3. Just received an email from a tenant asking which fence boundary we own. Guess what? We own all three sides!! Without needing a phone call, I’m guessing a fence has blown down in this week’s wind – estimate £100 – £500
4. Roof leaking on an HMO – £1500 to include scaffolding and repair damage
That’s nearly £7,000 in one week and could have been an awful lot of shoes. This is ongoing proof that most Landlords DON’T MAKE MONEY if they’ve got a mortgage and a conscience. Wouldn’t it just be fantastic if, the next time my boiler failed or I found a damp patch in my own home, I could just pick up the phone to the landlord? No idea how to pay as none of these can be put on a credit card – (sensible) suggestions?!