Baby-faced boy turns out to be a City whizz-kid
Tenants are looking younger these days, says Victoria Whitlock. She lets her flat to a fresh-faced fellow instead of a woman who’s clearly overdosing on dolly mixtures
LEDs. Nothing odd about them, I thought. We were still staring at the lights when she disappeared into the bedroom, from where she squealed: “Oh babe, what do you think we should do about this?”
When we caught up with her she giggled, grabbed babe’s arm and pointed at the limed oak wardrobe. “Isn’t that hideous? We’ll have to chuck it out.” She then wheeled round and pointed towards the other corner of the room. “And that chest of drawers,” she gasped. “Isn’t it horrible? That’ll have to go, too.”
“The chest stays,” I snapped, having heard enough. I wouldn’t have let to this girl if she was the last tenant standing, not because she hated all my furniture and was rude enough to say so, but I sensed that, like a hyperactive toddler, she was going to be too much of a handful.
“I’m sorry,” she said sheepishly as I showed her the door, “I didn’t realise you were the landlord, I thought you were an agent.” I wasn’t sorry though. I was glad we met. I might have made the mistake of my life letting her move into my flat. So the first couple, the baby-faced viewers, got my vote. They put in an offer and are now in situ. It turns out they are in their twenties and have grown-up jobs in the City. And as tenants, they’re as good as gold.
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