Tuesday 24 November 2009

Suitable tennants only.

If you're ever unfortunate enough to have to move into a bedsit you may hear variations on this phrase, most private landlords will generally abide by the law and carry out repairs or essential maintainence work, ask nicely and they will even put up a certificate stating how many people should be living in the property at any given time, if you're very lucky, your landlord may even carry out inspections or even evict 'unsuitable' tennants but that's jumping the gun a bit.
Repairs WILL be carried out but in many cases the properties are in such a state of disrepair that a complete revamp is the only solution, most bedsit landlords have a 'handyman' in my experience usually a sour faced, unapproachable person in his 50's or 60's more often than not dressed in blue overalls and to be quite blunt, the kind of 'workman' you would only use if you couldn't afford anyone else or if you were a landlord who cared more about money than people, the term 'suitable tennant' roughly translates as someone who pays the rent, or has it paid by the social, most bedsits, in fact quite a large proportion have people on some form of benefits,( the 'no DSS' rule is often overlooked), a 'suitable tennant' doesn't complain too much and will put up with living standards that most people would consider subhuman.

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