Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I was chatting to Paul on my way to inspect what used to be a garden and now has become what resembles a small jungle. His back story was an interesting one. Apparently he had spent 20 years in IT getting well paid but increasingly p...ssss...d off. He has subsequently re-invented himself as a gardener come handy man. I was hoping he was going to fix my landscaping issues. It transpires that he also had several buy-to-let properties.
Apparently, he had started off letting his buy-to-lets to students in the nearby Nottingham Trent University. However, after 6 months. He decided (understandably in my view) that the student rental market wasn't for him. So instead he looked for some alternative tenants. One group were 3 ex-Gurkhas now working as security guards at a Radcliffe Upon Soar power station. Well what are they like? It appears from chatting to Paul that Gurkhas actually make excellent tenants. They are clean (they even take their shoes off before entering the house) and always pay the rent on time. The only two drawbacks I can decipher is that apparently he's not completely sure how many Gurkhas are staying at his buy-to-let property. Originally he let it to three but he suspects there may now be a small battalion inhabiting his property. The other problem may come if he ever needs to get possession of his buy-to-let. I wouldn't like trying to explain to them that they were going to have to leave against their will. Would you?
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