Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent Lifting the Lid on the Not-So Glamorous Side of My Job

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Diary of an Estate Agent Lifting the Lid on the Not-So Glamorous Side of My Job

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MONDAY The day kicks off with a huge number of emails waiting for me -- but there's another essential little job I must attend to later...

The property above our office has been on the market and on Friday I secured a new let at the full asking price. The new tenants are a lovely couple who need a temporary base while their house is being underpinned due to subsidence. Unfortunately we have been let down by contractors over some pre-tenancy works. Thus, I am lumbered with the job of buying a new lavatory seat.

At 8pm I'm in Homebase, standing in front of a huge wall display of loo seats -- not the shining moment of my career. I go for a simple white wooden one -- not everyone appreciates a novelty style.

TUESDAY An enquiry comes in for a penthouse apartment on Cadogan Square at [pounds sterling]2,800 a week. The applicant is a merchant banker from Italy who spends two days a week in London. He loves the flat and offers on the spot, albeit [pounds sterling]1,300 under the asking price. I explain the landlord will most likely say no but the banker is insistent. We leave the building and he asks if I would like a lift anywhere -- in his new Ferrari. I politely decline. Back at the office I forward his offer to the landlord, who also declines.

WEDNESDAY I arrive back in the office after a meeting with a landlord at Peter Jones. He is refurbishing his large, four-bedroom flat on Cadogan Gardens and wanted some advice on light fixtures before the new tenants move in.

I walk back into the office and two young women, the new tenants for a property on Lennox Gardens, are sitting at my desk signing their contract. They are due to move in tomorrow.

The conversation turns to their new cat --something they have not asked permission for. With this in mind, the tenancy is put on hold as we need to know if the head lease allows pets in the building, The women start to panic. They show me a photo of their furry friend, hoping I will soften at the sight of its cute face and all will be well again. It doesn't work... I don't like cats.

We manage to get hold of the landlord in Greece, he agrees the cat can move in (with a 10-week pet deposit) and we find that the girls must buy a pet licence for the building. …

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