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Crackhouseceilidhband asks: Has anyone ever been nice to you, out of the blue, for no reason? Have you ever helped an old lady across the road, even if she didn't want to? Make me believe that the world is a better place than the media and experience suggest

(, Thu 9 Feb 2012, 13:03)
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Not all Landlords are evil money grabbing fucksticks
My landlord, Big G, could have a book written on him about the acts of kindness he's bestowed on the world.
Now I'm sure most of us would agree that the majority of landlords aren't exactly known for being concerned more for their tenants than their wallets but G is certainly one of the exceptions and here are a few reasons why.

1 - My previous house share was nothing but trouble due to the fact that in a house of five I was the only one paying bills and for a year didn't see any money given back to me for the other four people so for the last few months I refused to pay anymore bills until I saw proof the others had paid me back, sadly this didn't happen so I decided to move out but was struggling to get the funds together for a deposit etc and I mentioned this to a friend of mine who was tenant of G's.
The following day I get a phone call from an unknown number and the voice on the other end turns out to be my future landlord telling me that my mate had mentioned in passing the trouble I was having and that if I was interested there was a spare room going at the house my mate was staying at and if I was interested it was all mine. I tried to explain to him that I was unable to do it as I was struggling to get money together to which he replied I wasnt to worry about that, if I moved in the following week he'd only charge me for the last two weeks of the month and wouldnt take a deposit from me as he trusts my friends opinion of me and that's good enough for him.
After a few months of living there I had a ton of work offered to me which brought to me a rather princley sum so because of the kindness and trust G showed me when he'd never even met me I gave him two months rent as a deposit and booked and paid for a meal and drinks for him and his wife at their favourite restaraunt as a thank you.

2. If any of us are ever ill he'll keep phoning up every other day to make sure we're okay and if we need anything from the shops bringing in.

3. The house I'm in at the moment is an old one and suffers from things old houses tend to suffer from like leaks, drafts etc and G does do his best to get any problem fixed as fast as possible before the resident drama queen starts moaning but sometimes he can't get the plumbers/joiners round in time. Now I'm quite handy when it comes to DIY so I don't mind fixing things when they occur, infact I quite enjoy it, to stop the resident Drama Queen bitching (side note, he never attempts to fix things himself, seriously the guy phoned up the other week due a lightbulb burning out.) and because of me doing these jobs that have ranged from rewiring a room to put extra powerpoints in to putting up shelves there was a parcel next to the front door on christmas day with my name on it and when I opened it it contained a set of brand new hand tools (I'm old school and rarely use electrical ones) and a note saying to read in private. I did and it contained the following

"Dear Sarc

Thank you so much for dealing with the jobs round the house this past year without being asked, I noticed your tools where falling to bits so I hope these will suit you, Also because you've helped me out by saving me money I'd like you to accept the offer of me halving your rent for six months as an incredibly big thank you!

Cheers G.

ps - You don't know anything about cars do you?"

Now I dont know if these count as random acts of kindness but I bet you'd be hard pushed to find a more down to earth and reasonable Landlord, strangely he reminds me of my late grandfather somewhat so I wonder if that explains why I get on with him so well
(, Sat 11 Feb 2012, 0:50, 7 replies)
This guy goes a long way over and above the call of duty.
Sounds like he has sort of adopted you as his long-lost grandson.
(, Sat 11 Feb 2012, 9:51, closed)

Lucky bastard. You make me feel sick with that kind of landlord niceness smuggery. Croissant for you.
(, Sat 11 Feb 2012, 10:01, closed)
sounds like a really top bloke

(, Sat 11 Feb 2012, 16:27, closed)

He is, he really really is the toppest of the top blokes
(, Sun 12 Feb 2012, 12:07, closed)
Sounds good!
Mine's not bad either, chucked us £30 when I moved in so we could all go out for drinks and get to know each other, and regularly sends us Christmas presents. In turn, we look after his house and do all the odd little bits that need it too. Some people are nice.
(, Sun 12 Feb 2012, 23:52, closed)

This just reminded me of something else he did, though a lot of people are saying he should have done it anyway but again I can't see any other landlords doing it.
Christmas 2010, we had problems with the boiler. It was running harder than it should have been due to a faulty pump or something or other, can't remember exactly and now matter who he called he couldn't get anyone to come out and fix it, he phoned, I phoned two of the others phoned and yet no matter what we said we just couldnt get anyone round so it resulted in the bills coming in at a stupid amount so he gave use 200 quid towards it.

Also yesterday morning I woke up with a face that had swollen up to a point where I made Joseph Merrick look like Brad Pitt as I'd had an allergic reaction to something, which considering I'd not eaten, drank or used any cleaning products that I don't normally use is a complete mystery as to what caused it. It was the first time this had happened so I panicked a bit and took myself off to A&E in the hope they could sort it or at least work out what it was and while I was waiting to be seen G rang up to ask something and the general chat that normally ensues so I just mentioned I was in A&E and why I was there, ten minutes later he walks in just to keep me company and give me a lift home afterwards. His reason? His wife was annoying him and he was looking for an excuse to get out the house for a bit.
On a side note we still dont know what caused the swelling but I'm on some awesome antibiotics that knock me out. I've only seen about two hours of today so far
(, Mon 13 Feb 2012, 19:02, closed)
The hand tools bit made me dewey-eyed.
Having done similar for a local friend I know how nice a gesture that can be.

Sadly my last landlord turned into the worst kind of penny-pinching skinflint when it came to repairs. When he questioned why I was departing (several years ago) I told him if he hadn't figured out why 7 of his 8 stable renters (in a 26-flat block) had packed up and left all within 1 month of each other, he wasn't going to figure it out if I told him direct.
(, Thu 16 Feb 2012, 0:09, closed)

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