Reading a Letting Agent describing her embarrassment at slamming a door on the fingers of a prospective tenant, and then walking into the flat to see on the walls framed full frontal nude pictures of the current tenants, reminded me of my own flat hunting funny and embarrassing moment. We had arrived at the flat promptly at 10:00 on a Saturday where we were met by the agent. Ringing the bell the agent was a little flummoxed when the tenant opened the door in dressing gown, clearly having just rolled out of bed. She assured us it was fine to view as arranged and asked the agent to conduct the viewing for her, but said it was fine to come in the bedroom where she was going back to bed. The agent took us round the flat, which was actually very nice, but a little spoilt by wedding photos absolutely everywhere – framed on the walls, free standing on the coffee table, mousemats, coasters, mugs, whatever it was there she was with her new bridegroom.
Finally as our last port of call in the viewing we knocked on the bedroom door and walked in. As expected she was back in bed and dozing. The big surprise was – the man in bed with her wasn’t the man in all the wedding photos!
Krystyna of Bradley Construction wonders where January has disappeared, and whilst she says that she doesn’t remember in her lifetime having snow so many times in one winter, I myself can remember Winchester St. during the winter of 1963 – much worse! Because of the extreme weather conditions decoration of the front of the buildings decorating has been delayed for the foreseeable future.
At last house 75 will be complete and the stair carpets will be laid at the end of the first week of February. This is a lengthy process as the actual carpet needs to be cut to the accurate length then sent off to be bound before it can be laid. I hope everyone in house 75 is pleased with the finished effect of the hallway. The new intercom system was ordered and should arrive and be fitted at the same time.
The new open plan reception & office is taking shape, and will contain equipment and tanks associated with the solar panel heating system. This equipment will be put in place and cupboards built to enclose it all. We hope to have this open area ready by the middle of the month. Once it is completed we will explore how it may be best used. One possibility might be (subject to fire regulations) a common Internet terminal available for everyone’s use, and possibly a Network printer. The biggest problems with common services like that is that we are not equipped to provide technical support.
Krystyna has been asked to undertake repairs to 75 Flat 1 and the first floor of 79 – the tenants underneath these flats have been suffering from major leaks from showers, which have defied all repair attempts over several years, and so finally we are undertaking two major projects, including structural work to replacing structural timberwork which has rotted as a result of the continual leakages.
Student numbers are growing at 15 times the rate of new supply in London
This has prompted fund manager Inspired Assets to sponsor a conference on Student Accommodation in order to help landlords, investors, accountants, lawyers, developers or fund managers:
Discover the opportunities in student and young professional accommodation
Find out the accommodation needs of the next generation: types of accommodation, locations, specification…
Keep up with the significant trends affecting the sector
Learn how to tailor your approach to satisfy demand
Get up to speed with creative, modern solutions that combine property, investment, social media and networking
Make some superb contacts
The event offers guest speaker Robert Weaver, Head of Residential at Invista Real Estate Management, the largest UK listed real estate fund management group. The Group manages both commercial and residential property across the UK, Continental Europe and Asia-Pacific, and has a total of £5.3bn assets under management.
The Event is:
Thursday, February 11, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM (GMT)
The May Fair Hotel
W1J 8LT London