Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

They're Cute but Not Cute Enough to Go on Living Here

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

They're Cute but Not Cute Enough to Go on Living Here

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MONDAY There's a torrential downpour this morning, and while battling my way to work with my umbrella all I can think about is the number of emails that will await me in the office about tenants' leaks. So I am surprised to find that I only have one.

However, ironically, our office has flooded causing the electrics to blow. Several hours are spent trying to rectify the problem, but with the coffee machine out of order I have to hound down my caffeine hit in Starbucks.

The day is not getting any better as the deal for a new managed property I'm meant to be taking on is delayed because of a mouse or three.

Yesterday the current tenants found three of the furry fiends curled up underneath the radiator, apparently trying to keep warm. I must admit that despite myself my first reaction to this news was, "Ah, how sweet." Then my sensible side clicked in and I dispatched pest control to the property.

TUESDAY This morning I am meeting a tenant regarding building works that are taking place in the house next door. During the course of our discussion she asks me how I intend to "clean the air" surrounding the property to ensure it is sterile enough for her to breathe.

Once I realise she is serious I explain that unfortunately, the quality of air in London isn't something that I have control over. However, I promise to make sure dust is kept to a minimum during the works. On my return to the office I am greeted by a tenant's adorable new "labradoodle" puppy. Several minutes are spent fussing over him, which certainly cheers me up, before it's down to business and we discuss some of the problems that she has at her flat. These are the kind of visitors that I really like dropping by.

WEDNESDAY Oh no. First mice, now spiders. An extremely upset tenant calls this afternoon complaining of a spider infestation in the property. …

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