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  • veryartysteve
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    It seems to me that LA can become easy scapegoat.
    2) "You know nothing about property management" - Also wrong! this used to be my full time job

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    Just to be completely clear on this I am not claiming any form of expertise whatsoever. Please do NOT take the above as a statement of competence, as that was not my intention. For the avoidance of doubt as far as this forum is concerned I am an amateur "layman" and my posts should be viewed in this light only. - thanks

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  • kayak
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    Probably safer to keep my head below the parapet but what’s the fun in that. Maybe discussing neutrality is a bad idea, but I am a landlord, tenant, previous owner of a letting agency and now an employee of a letting agency.

    I’m only at an early stage of my career, and my experience of a landlord, so my experiences are naturally limited, but from what I have seen, being an agent is always going to cause some animosity from both parties, by the very definition of being an agent.

    I have seen an awful lot of bad letting agencies, and part of this problem is the lack of regulation within the industry. Whilst I’m not sure on the level of regulation I would support, it certainly raises the point that landlords need to be looking at agents on an individual basis, before committing to their services. Lots of the issues raised in this thread could be avoided by checking terms of business, and consulting with the agents before committing to any works carried out.

    To pick up on one point, about the commissioning of works, letting agents can often commission works cheaper due to mass purchasing power. An easy example of this is safety certificates.

    Personally, I think there is a fair mix of terrible tenants, landlords and letting agents, and I can’t see the point in slandering all parties involved.

    As a letting agents, I think we need to ensure we offer value for our money and well informed advice. If these two items are genuinely consistently offered then the client is going to be happy.

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  • johnboy
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    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    No. 0870 is not a premium rate code. Only those beginning 09 (used to be 0898) are.
    0870 is a national call rate code applying no matter where the caller is in relation to the callee (?)
    Problem: some telecom providers offer lower-than-national rates (or even free service) for some/all calls- so such a caller overpays if using 0870.

    Refer to the 'saynoto0870' website: http://www.saynoto0870.com
    Jeffrey regardless to how to want to dress it up if the call costs more than a standard call beginning 01 Its a premium rate call and i would imagine most people would agree.

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  • Poppy35
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    again, thank you MTG.

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by Poppy35 View Post
    Thank you! your comments are appreciated as too often on here agents are slagged off (some with good reason im sure!).

    I just treat others as I would like to be treated myself!

    oh and Mr Poppy wont mind, saves him a job!
    I'd like to add my appreciation of your posts - I have learnt a thing or two from them!

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  • Poppy35
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    Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post

    Seriously, if I was in the South West I'd happily use your service and pay just about whatever percentage - because I know the job would be done right and I'd have little to worry about.

    Now end of flattery or Mr Poppy35 (if there is one) will be looking for me.
    Thank you! your comments are appreciated as too often on here agents are slagged off (some with good reason im sure!).

    I just treat others as I would like to be treated myself!

    oh and Mr Poppy wont mind, saves him a job!

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  • Snorkerz
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    Originally posted by Poppy35 View Post
    hope this is a compliment??
    You can take it as you like

    Seriously, if I was in the South West I'd happily use your service and pay just about whatever percentage - because I know the job would be done right and I'd have little to worry about.

    Now end of flattery or Mr Poppy35 (if there is one) will be looking for me.

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  • Poppy35
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    Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
    Bet you're glad you asked now aren't you? Pistols at Dawn between MTG & VeryArtySteve!



    Now the good LAs don't mind admiting it - after all, a quick review of Poppy35s posts will show the kind of person she is and what her business ethics are!
    hope this is a compliment??

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  • Ericthelobster
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    Originally posted by jeffrey View Post
    No. 0870 is not a premium rate code. Only those beginning 09 (used to be 0898) are.
    0870 is a national call rate code applying no matter where the caller is in relation to the callee (?)
    Problem: some telecom providers offer lower-than-national rates (or even free service) for some/all calls- so such a caller overpays if using 0870.

    Refer to the 'saynoto0870' website: http://www.saynoto0870.com
    Unless you're going to go by the narrow definition of 'premium' thought up by the telecoms industry, of course it'a premium rate - as is 0845, it's just less of a premium. In this day and age when I can make landline calls all over the planet for 1p per minute, I just hate, hate, hate them. The only time I ever call them is when saynoto0870 can't oblige, and it's always to some national company who always put me in a queue for ever, until they reckon they've charged me enough via the 0870 kick-back to actually talk to me. Thank heavens they are finally going, in favour of 03xxx non-geographic numbers which are charged by the telecoms companies as geographic.

    Plus according to stats published last week, mobile calls now outnumber landline calls and to my knowledge 0870 and 0845 numbers are always excluded from pre-paid minutes/contracts, and I believe they are charged at more than geographic calls anyway.





    Ah. Well, glad to note you also publish your geographic number too: but out of interest, what benefit to you see to having an 0845 number?

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  • mind the gap
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    Worrever.

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  • veryartysteve
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    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    'very arty steve' : It would be helpful if you would be a bit more arty and learned to use the quote function
    Or I could keep using colours which I think is more artistic LOL


    They seem to have made a "powerful and important impression" upon you as your long replies would seem to evidence...Don't be impressed by long replies. It is often easier to write a long answer than a short one.OK, if you don't want me to be impressed by you then I shall try not to be. I'd be happy to think of you as totally mediocre if that would make you happy


    Correct, but both would be LESS neutral than someone who took neither side, which is my position (I am not an LA nor a LL) and that is why I AM neutral despite protests there may be to the contrary :-)'Less neutral' does not make sense. You are either neutral, or you are biased (to a greater or lesser degree). Bias is gradable; neutrality is not. If you prefer to use "bias", fine, the point was that I am a neutral observer, which is FACT. It is often the case that people take issue with style when they can not take issue with substance, this may be the case here, as I suspect you understood my point perfectly well.

    It is in any case academic, since an exchange of anecdotes and subjective impressions about letting agents on a forum like this can never be objective.My neutrality (or non bias) is not derived from any anecdote but from the FACT that I am neither a LL nor a LA
    Love and peace

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  • mind the gap
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    Originally posted by veryartysteve View Post
    Nope, one persons perception is an opinion, and your signature makes this point quite well. Why post a one line comment that is in direct conflict with your own signature?
    Er...irony.

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  • veryartysteve
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    Originally posted by Mrs Jones View Post
    A FACT is simply one person's perception of a given situation.....
    Nope, one persons perception is an opinion, and your signature makes this point quite well. Why post a one line comment that is in direct conflict with your own signature?

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  • mind the gap
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    'very arty steve' : It would be helpful if you would be a bit more arty and learned to use the quote function

    They seem to have made a "powerful and important impression" upon you as your long replies would seem to evidence...Don't be impressed by long replies. It is often easier to write a long answer than a short one.


    Correct, but both would be LESS neutral than someone who took neither side, which is my position (I am not an LA nor a LL) and that is why I AM neutral despite protests there may be to the contrary :-)'Less neutral' does not make sense. You are either neutral, or you are biased (to a greater or lesser degree). Bias is gradable; neutrality is not.

    It is in any case academic, since an exchange of anecdotes and subjective impressions about letting agents on a forum like this can never be objective.

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  • Mrs Jones
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    Originally posted by veryartysteve View Post
    [I]fact
    A FACT is simply one person's perception of a given situation.....

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