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

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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.

£530 per week: a two-bed­room flat on the third floor at The Mill Apart­ments in West Hamp­stead, a buzzing NW6 ur­ban vil­lage with great trans­port links. Avail­able to rent through Fraser & Co. Call 020 8012 1872

£575 per week: a three-bed­room, two-bath­room, un­fur­nished pe­riod ter­race house with a charm­ing back gar­den in Tor­bay Road, Kilburn NW6. Call Camerons Stiff & Co on 020 8012 3953

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