The ac­ci­den­tal land­lord

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - Home & Property | Letting On -

Sev­eral days later, while I was still wait­ing for her to fill out the forms for a credit check, she con­tacted me to say her guar­an­tor wanted to see the flat be­fore sign­ing the pa­per­work. No guar­an­tor has ever asked to see any of my prop­er­ties, but it wasn’t a prob­lem for me to show him round so I agreed to meet him that evening.

When he ar­rived, he strolled into the liv­ing room and in­di­cated that I should sit on the sofa. How nice, I thought, to be in­vited to sit in my own flat. He sat on the chair op­po­site, pressed his fin­ger­tips to­gether and nod­ded si­lently at me. I felt like I’d been hauled be­fore a head­mas­ter but didn’t know what I’d done wrong. Break­ing the awk­ward si­lence, he told me that the flat was lovely, the cou­ple would make ex­cel­lent tenants, but they couldn’t af­ford the rent. He more or less in­structed me to knock another £100 a month off the price.

I forced a smile, told him I had al­ready agreed the rent with the tenants but if it was still too high, they should find some­where else. “Fine,

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