Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Ive been pondering over the last few weeks what the image of the typical landlord is.
I discussed the marketeers ideal image of a landlord here, and the glamorous landlord here, but have no clearer vision of what the true image of a typical landlord is.
This got me thinking on the nature of image and perception, so I started to ponder on how others perceive landlords.
How does your tenant see you?
As a gentle, pastoral figure, wanting to create shelter for them, to look after them and keep them safe from harm, asking only for a small donation to help with the up-keep of the property.
Or as a blood-sucking, vile, slimey hollow shell of a human, looking to bleed them dry and then try to strip their carcass of any remaining cash or self-worth when they have decided to leave the property by holding on to a chunk of their deposit.
Whose to know what tenants really think because let's face it anyone can be nice to your face, but how do they really see you.
This image i found was drawn by a tenant, and paints the landlord as a giant, smoking, cockroach. To me it is drawn in such an aggressive manner I can only imagine that harm is wished upon him.
Looking at it again I think I recognise him from my local landlord's association.
Does anyone else recognise him?
Send me images of the 'typical landlord' to firstname.lastname@example.org - no landlord's wives pictures, thanks.