Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Snakes Alive! Our Find in a 'No Pets' Flat Causes Hissy Fits All Round; Diary of an Estate Agent

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Snakes Alive! Our Find in a 'No Pets' Flat Causes Hissy Fits All Round; Diary of an Estate Agent

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MONDAY First up is our weekly team meeting, which can run for a couple of hours as every department in the business is in attendance -- from sales, lettings, property management and development to refurbishments, commercial, investment and consultation.

As the day progresses, Mayfair comes to life and we have a steady stream of walk-in enquiries. One couple come in looking for a two-bedroom rental apartment in central London. Sounds simple enough, but here's the catch -- they need one bedroom for themselves and the other for their three dogs.

While we do, on occasion, have some landlords who are pet-friendly and are happy to allow tenants to move in with a small dog, I've never known one to allow three. It could become a bone of contention

TUESDAY The main priorities for our property management team today are our midtenancy reviews. Having agreed access with a particularly high-profile tenant, a sportsman who is currently away for work, this is an opportunity for us to review and report back to the landlord on the tenant's behaviour and use of the property. These checks can be quite challenging, and today is one of those days.

On entry, all seems well -- that is, until we reach the main reception room, where we find a collection of boxes with large stickers on them that read: "SNAKES".

Upon carefully opening one of the boxes -- which was not, I hasten to add, sealed -- we discover a number of live snakes. Closing the box, we decide to make our exit. The tenancy does not allow for pets of any description, so we draft a quick letter and send it asking for the snakes to be re-housed, or the tenant will regretfully be forced to re-house himself.

WEDNESDAY I have a viewing booked for a sales instruction in Shepherd Market this morning. The client is looking for an investment property offering a good rental yield and capital growth. We meet at the property and, as people pass by in the piazza, we realise we have a number of mutual friends in common -- it's a small world. …

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