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    Delinquent meanness

    You guys know I have been renovating a flat since March. The first month, I kept hearing a 'peep' noise every few minutes, so I bought a new battery for the mains linked smoke alarm. However, I still heard the 'peep' and came to the conculsion that it is next door's smoke alarm. Surprising, since the flat is occupied, and I'm amazed anyone can sleep with this.

    A couple of months ago, I saw my neighbours, and mentioned the 'peep'.

    'Oh, yes,' he said. 'Our electrician is coming to replace the battery'.

    'You are waiting for an electrician to replace a battery?' I said.

    'Yes, he said he will bring a battery round when he has time.'

    Now, I can't imagine any homeowner calling an electrician to do that. Obviously, tenants get repairs free of charge, so they are waiting for that to happen. It's still 'peeping' today. How mad though to put up with that noise for months because you are too tight to buy a battery?

    Anyone got any other stories in this vein?

    #2
    Originally posted by JK0 View Post
    You guys know I have been renovating a flat since March.
    Blooming 'eck JKO, how long is this going to take? Are you doing it all alone cos you're too tight to pay trades?

    Re the 9V battery, what I do (and have done) is buy one from Poundland, 60p after tax, and change it for them myself the next time I'm around.
    Builds goodwill, boosts your reputation as a good landlord, a favour in the bank with the neighbouring LL, doesn't annoy your new tenants (if you ever finish it). Everyone's a winner!

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      #3
      That's mental. Alarm beeps drive me mad.
      Do you think the electrician has any intention of turning up with a battery, or just wanted to get them off the phone.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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        #4
        Originally posted by boletus View Post

        Blooming 'eck JKO, how long is this going to take? Are you doing it all alone cos you're too tight to pay trades?

        Re the 9V battery, what I do (and have done) is buy one from Poundland, 60p after tax, and change it for them myself the next time I'm around.
        Builds goodwill, boosts your reputation as a good landlord, a favour in the bank with the neighbouring LL, doesn't annoy your new tenants (if you ever finish it). Everyone's a winner!
        Not too tight. Just can't get anyone to do a decent job. Yes, I will do as you suggest before my one is let.

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          #5
          Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
          That's mental. Alarm beeps drive me mad.
          Do you think the electrician has any intention of turning up with a battery, or just wanted to get them off the phone.
          No, I don't. Just I guess you'd have to be as stupid to think that was going to happen, as you would be to not buy a battery yourself.

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            #6
            They might not be too tight to buy a battery, just not have the capacity to know how to replace it, or to use google to find out about it. Sometimes very intelligent people can't sort this kind of problem out, and sometimes people are just too lazy. They might need Mummy's help or their social worker.

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              #7
              My wife’s first car was a 1999 Renault Clio (bought in 2010, she didn’t learn to drive until later in life) with 5000 miles on the clock. One previous lady owner from new.

              There were receipts in the car’s original faux-leather folder for *everything* you could think of that a car would need over a ten year lifespan. Even, and I kid you not, for putting air in the tyres.

              I’m not sure what I’m more horrified at, the little old lady paying someone else to put air in the tyres, or the garage for charging her to do so.

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                #8
                Some of those detectors can be a bit stiff to remove; I hate having to do it.

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                  #9
                  When I worked in a lettings agents at weekends, all the Sunday morning calls were tenants who had blocked their toilets up Saturday night / Sunday morning ... they must save it all up for one massive weekend clear out. Then "wash their hands of it"

                  They just wouldn't do that if it were them footing the emergency plumber bill
                  I have it signed for that if they caused a blockage to the toilet or sink ..it's their responsibility to get it unblocked or pay the bill for it sorting

                  I see the look on their faces switch from wanna be carefree toilet blocker or happy fat down sink pourer 😂 to responsible adult in 20 seconds of reading it

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                    #10
                    My friend who rented a flat from me recently tells me he will not use the tumble drier, as it is very expensive, and will not put clothes out on the line as someone will steal them.

                    'No-one will steal your sh*t!' I told him.

                    'One man's rubbish is another man's treasure' he replied.

                    'Look, if you make that flat damp, I will evict you', I said. Let's hope his wife talks some sense into him.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                      My friend who rented a flat from me recently tells me he will not use the tumble drier, as it is very expensive, and will not put clothes out on the line as someone will steal them.

                      'No-one will steal your sh*t!' I told him.

                      'One man's rubbish is another man's treasure' he replied.

                      'Look, if you make that flat damp, I will evict you', I said. Let's hope his wife talks some sense into him.
                      Has he considered using a dehumidifier? I switched my tumble dryer for one a few years ago, much more energy efficient plus useful for general humidity control during winter. My clothes will dry within 5-6 hours. Can't stand that musty smell from clothes being damp too long

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                        #12
                        Sometimes smoke alarms are in places too difficult to reach without a ladder, tenant may not have a ladder. There are householders who would call in a handyman to do the job - and others who would get a handyman to move the smoke alarm.

                        Also true that people will buy, or steal, something you might consider valueless. Supply a dehumidifier - and dont rent to friends.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by buzzard1994 View Post
                          Supply a dehumidifier -
                          He'd be too tight to pay for the electricity. Seems to have no problem paying £80 per month for Sky though.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by JK0 View Post

                            He'd be too tight to pay for the electricity.

                            And yet you trust him to pay rent.

                            Understand about the renovation though - sometimes it seems harder work to get someone in than just to get on with it.

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                              #15
                              Peace at last!

                              I heard neighbour's voice on the way in today, so asked his son to ask dad if I can replace the smoke alarm battery. 'In ten minutes', I was told.

                              <Amazing that someone offering a favour is asked to wait.>

                              Anyway, neighbour's smoke alarm was hanging loose from its wires, as neighbour thought that was how to replace the battery. I showed him the little drawer in the side for the battery, and replaced with a new Duracell.

                              No more peeps!

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