I'm sorry, but it doesn't. Much of the work is routine. I suppose it depends what we mean by 'considerable' (I take it that's what you meant to say, not 'considerate'?) If we take as our yardstick the kind of work done by other white-collar workers who take home a similar salary to a letting agent, I think you will find that they do considerably more difficult/complex/specialised work requiring a higher level of training and more initiative than is typically demanded of a letting agent.
Originally Posted by YesAdam
So, it is a secretarial task with several possible permutations. Secretaries are well-practised in adjusting to fit and sending out standard letters. If the templates are well-drafted and water-tight, it should not be a labour of Hercules.
Reminder letters, secretary obviously using template, in your mind?. How good is this template? I hope it takes into account difference in possession for PCW/PCM/ETC when giving deadlines. Ensuring the accuracy of arrears to date, any inaccuracy on these two points could void any claim due to dispute of accuracy. Lets hope template has provision in place giving tenant details on where to get advice (i.e. shelter). Template I hope takes into account variations in tenancy agreement changes, not all same and protections differ.
Yes, I expect they did. That's what secretaries do.
I hope secretary made a copy of the signed original for evidence to be submitted to a court.
A secretary can be trained to do this perfectly efficiently. It's not the G8 summit. It's a conversation/short correspondence with a council official.
Ops, all that and its a benefits issue anyway, tenant is more than eight weeks in arrears and rent can be paid directly, shame its just a secretary and dont know this. Has secretary ensured the additional "sharing information with your landlord" form completed? to talk to benefits in first place, to resolve issue with a call.
Again - tenant referencing is not rocket science. The referencing company does most of the work and tells you clearly how to do the rest. No initiative or imagination or specialist training needed there.
You said reference check I presume you would include Proof of Identity and Proof of Residence in that. Dated in the last three months and valid photo id. Can not accept professional drive licence as ID nor mobile bill as POR. Otherwise tenant has dependability that its even them that built up the arrears.
I sincerely hope that you do a good job and that your clients are happy.
My job though, not justifiable to an experienced landlord but to my customers who pay me generously
for the services I provide them, a service they can rely on and researched fully. Their time better spent elsewhere perhaps.
You've tied yourself in knots with your double negative, I'm afraid. Translation, please?!
and not someone who dont spend sundays reading sites like these
You're welcome! (But you still haven't convinced me that your job is difficult enough, dangerous enough or specialised enough to warrant the money you make. That's just my view, and in a free market economy, market forces will of course prevail. Conscientious letting agents who manage property efficiently are not my focus, (although I remain to be convinced that their job is partiularly hard). It's all the rest which worry me...
Now, I was just about to get in bath. I imaine its now cold, thanks for the debate
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