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Need Help Changing a Light Bulb?

December 10, 2013 | Landlord News  

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Mark von Grundherr, director of London firm Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, claims that some tenants these days aren’t even capable of changing a light bulb. He said, “We will send out a qualified repairman to deal with any problems but some of these are so simple that you have to wonder why a tenant would go to the trouble of waiting in for someone.

“Just last week we had a tenant phone to say that their lights had gone off. We told him that he simply needed to flick the switch on his consumer unit as something had tripped.

“He refused, saying that he didn’t want to be electrocuted.”

No task is simple for some tenants, apparently, with it being reported that some will need help bleeding radiators and unblocking U-bends and sinks. Is it really necessary to call out a repairman to pull hair out of a shower drain? Sadly, it appears so. How about changing the battery in the smoke alarm, or wiping the condensation from the window? Unbelievably, it does happen. Must be a London thing.

Is your sink blocked? Did you try pulling out the plug? We recommend you try that before calling for a plumber!


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