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Landlord Blues: Renting out the house from hell

I am using this blog to publish extracts from my third book on the subject of dealing with tenants from hell. The aim of the book and blog is to give people an insight into what the life of a landlord can be like and to provide tips for making landlords’ lives easier. This is done by describing real experiences of our worst-case scenarios. This should help you avoid getting into the same fixes.

Okie's a racist.
28 May 2014 @ 22:14

On the 1st of March, two new tenants moved in: Claude (a French-speaking Asian) and Abu (another Nigerian). I said to  Adrian that I had a feeling Okie wouldn't be happy with the Nigerian. He would have preferred a young, attractive woman to move in whom he could ogle and harass (as if any member of the female species would move in with him). 
 Adrian (15.41, 1st March):
Hi Okie. I hope u get on well with Abu and Claude. Can u clean bath please. Two weeks ago I saw the pipe on the vacuum cleaner was crushed so I brought another one to use for the moment. What happened to it?  Adrian.
Okie (15.48, 1st March):
I cleaned the bathe last night. Someone used it this morning and it had lots of hairs in it – it’s been full with lots of long hairs in it for some days now. So it would need daily cleaning.
I have not really seen the new mates to be honest. It appears they leave in the morning and come late at night, not seen them.
As for the vacuum cleaner the pipe had been like that for a while. When the vacuum cleaner was dropped in my room part of the pipe was in front of my small portable heater. And as the heater was still hot (as I had just left the house) it appeared to heat the pipe while it was cooling down. So that part of the pipe looks burnt.
Okie (4th March, 19.07):
I just came back after some days out of the UK. I met Claude and the other guy Abu.
Claude seems a nice guy, but to be fair, I was not happy that you did not show me the other guy, Abu before letting him in. He is a Nigerian and Nigerians do not pretty much like staying in the same house with themselves, unless they are friends, as it causes tension each time that happens.
I thought as we have built a long standing relationship, through good times and trying times, you would have told me. That’s the least you could have done Sir. As he signed any document with you? I sincerely wish he wasn’t here.
 Adrian (4th March, 20.03):
Okie. I am shocked by your text as I had no idea Nigerian people did not get on well. I told him there was a Nigerian already living there and he said nothing. Please do not blame me for your cultural issues as that is not fair. Do not judge him on his nationality but on how he is, as I do with people. I am sure everything will be fine.
Okie (4th March, 20.08):
I do not blame you for any cultural issue – it isn’t a cultural issue to be fair, unfortunately I can not be as descriptive on this.
Ultimately you are running a business and that is to yield profit, so I completely understand. I just felt that, as you showed me Claude before bringing him, you told me about Claude before he even came for viewing, I felt you would have told me of the next person – it’s just what comes about after you’ve had a long and good relationship with another person.
Okie (4th March, 20.11):
Nigerians get on well in few cases, but in most cases they don’t, especially as many have divergent views on what is morally acceptable and what isn’t, which manifests whenever we reside in another country. 
That’s just the case sir, it’s something that’s been talked about and written widely. 
Also we would be needing another Fridge as the new housemates cook and put the fridge on high temperature (level 2). My food usually lasts on very cold temperature so it got spoilt when I came back and had to be thrown away.
If we can get another fridge, that would be helpful.
Thank you.
Adrian didn’t answer that one. Three adults were now living there and he wanted two fridges. 



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