Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; Vetting a Canine Tenant and Finding a Place for Hollywood Stars to Remain Incognito Prove Tall Orders in Wapping

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent; Vetting a Canine Tenant and Finding a Place for Hollywood Stars to Remain Incognito Prove Tall Orders in Wapping

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Monday Met the son of a landlord who has a wonderful seventh-floor apartment on Wapping High Street, with views over the Thames. Sadly, inside it looked like a throwback from the Seventies. I had already suggested to the owner that black carpets, grey sofas, blackash furniture and a dark red hallway were not what today's tenants expected, but she has been reluctant to redecorate. It has been empty for months.

Today, the son promised they had taken the advice on board and the decorators were booked.

Got back to the office to finalise a tenancy agreement between a landlord (a solicitor) and a tenant (a trainee solicitor).

It has been tortuous as they have wanted to make more than 24 changes to the wording of the agreement. Solicitors love the word "reasonable". If I hear it again, I'll scream.

Tuesday Organised the delivery of two more wardrobes to a recently refurbished three-bedroom house, which is being rented to a trio of glamorous Italian air hostesses. Having got to know them and their designer outfits quite well, I could understand why they insisted on more cupboard space.

Three students at the London School of Economics registered with me yesterday and we had arranged to show them a threebedroom house with a garden this afternoon.

Arrived to find nine students at the front door. It didn't take a degree in economics to work out they all hoped to squeeze in to keep costs down. Showed them the house, but didn't follow it up with a call.

Wednesday A good opportunity to rib a colleague who had been sent to interview a dog. The owners of the spaniel want to move into our landlord's freehold house, but he wanted to be sure it wasn't a serial table-leg biter before agreeing.

My colleague met the animal at the potential tenants' current property and casually checked for dog-related damage. …

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