Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

At Least Children Would Love It. the Perfect Home Was Now a Tree House

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

At Least Children Would Love It. the Perfect Home Was Now a Tree House

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MONDAY There's no easing into work on a Monday at the moment if you're a London lettings agent. We have a frenetic morning meeting as we cram in Saturday's news and plan a chock-full week before I go to look at a four-bedroom property. I've got my hand on the doorbell when the landlord rings to say he is still in Ascot and cannot come to meet me, but he is desperate to let the property -- so will I look through the windows and give him a valuation? Feeling rather silly and in danger of a citizen's arrest by Neighbourhood Watch, I peer in as much as possible and give him an approximate valuation on what I can see. I arrange to meet the landlord later, as trying to value a property through the letterbox isn't how we do things!

TUESDAY I have a viewing with a relocation agent and her client, who needs a minimum three-year contract, and I'm excited as I think I have found the perfect property.

I arrive at the house to meet them and as I open the front door I am speechless at what I see.

There are plants and shrubs everywhere with tents, and forest paintings on the walls. Suddenly the tenant comes rushing downstairs apologising. It's half term and she has turned the house into a "forest" for her children.

The relocation agent and client do not seem pleased and five minutes later they are heading out of the door less than impressed.

WEDNESDAY Today my manager and I go to see a lovely flat in Chiswick. When the landlord takes us upstairs I am extremely surprised to see three other agents sitting around the dining table. The landlord starts firing questions at everyone, asking what rental he will get, how many tenants we have on our books. I feel like I am on The Apprentice.

However, later that day we get a phone call to say the keys are in the post. We have been instructed.

THURSDAY I am astonished to receive a call from the landlord whose property I valued on Monday, instructing us. …

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