Random Letting Agent Took It Upon Themselves To Find Me Tenants

Who are you?

The story I’m about to tell is a bit weird. Weird in a slightly psychotic way, not weird in an unexpected/unusual way, because the more I think about it, the less I’m surprised by it.

So, check it…

I already briefly discussed that I have tenants moving out next week because they require larger living space than i’m currently providing. Greedy, to say the least. Right? Outside Liverpool Street station, I’ve seen 3 people refer to the same cardboard box as “home”. It wasn’t a big box either, about the size of a Dyson Hoover package. Yet, apparently, a 2 bedroom house is not not big enough for a family of three. YOU do the maths, because I’m struggling here.

Anyways, putting the issue of their unjustified greed aside for a moment…

They found their new rental accommodation through a local letting agent. I assume the letting agent is relatively new because when the tenant mentioned the company’s name, it didn’t sound familiar. I’ve heard of all the locally established letting agents because I live in a small inbreed town where we all sleep with our cousins, besides from in the winter, when we sleep with our siblings (because the cold conditions make it difficult to travel to our cousins).

I have no direct relationship with the letting agent, and I have never spoken to anyone from the agency. What I’m trying to say is, they don’t mean shit to me. However, earlier today I received a call from them, which went to my answer machine, and this is what was left:

Hey Landlord,

My name is LLoyd from [insert letting agent name]. We know your tenant is moving out of [insert property address] next week, so we just want you to know that we’ve found tenants for you. They love the property and want to move in as soon as your current tenant moves out.

We’ve already referenced them, and as a result, we believe they would be perfect tenants.

Please give me a call so we can arrange for you to come in and sign the contracts.

Thanks a lot,
Lloyd

Aye? What the fuck? Are you on crack, muthafucka? Who are you? Who instructed you to find me tenants?

Basically, a letting agent that I’ve never heard of, or spoken to, has found me tenants that are ready to move in. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad practise (I haven’t decided yet), but it’s definitely a bit nutty.

Perhaps if he tweeked his sales pitch, the issue wouldn’t have been so intrusive. A message like this would have been distinctly more warming,

We’re aware you have tenants shortly vacating- we may have some tenants that are interested to occupy the vacancy immediately. Happy to discuss further if interested…

I think it’s weird of the agent to ask me to sign a tenancy agreement without even discussing it with me beforehand. Agreed? I don’t even know their rates! They’re not even sure if I have someone lined up already!

The situation is like having sex with a random girl, and then requesting permission if it’s ok to have sex with her after I’ve ejaculated…in her. Of course, what the agent did was far worse :)

I’m not angry, i’m just confused, like someone waking up after a heavy night of knocking back Jager Bombs. I feel like memories have been extracted from my mind, leaving me with a blank episode, which should “logically” be filled with memories of me instructing the agent to find me tenants. But I remember nothing of the sort.

I’m struggling to put the pieces together, and unlike Jager Bomb victims, I’m not privileged enough to have clues like blood stains and a used condom scouring the walls of my anal passage to determine what happened during those lost hours.

I’m not entirely sure if the agent took viewings, but I’m assuming he did because I don’t think “perfect tenants” (which is how he described them) would be eager to move into a property that they haven’t seen. Right?

If anything, the agent is wasting his own time and putting his own reputation on the line by diving in feet first. I hope he’s promised the new tenants that the deal has been signed, sealed and delivered, because that would be pretty amusing as there is no way I’m going to pay agent fees and use their tenants.

I’m going to call the fool tomorrow and find out what’s going on :)

If you’re an agent, please don’t use the approach used by the agent in question! It’s freaky and repelling.

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Nick 15th September, 2010 @ 09:08

It's a badly worded letter isn't it.

However, I think the agent is being creative. After all, if you are in that business, knowing a place is empty, and having tennants on your books who want such a place, why not approach the landlord with them in order to get the work?

It's the line about come in and sign contracts that puts me off

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The Landlord 15th September, 2010 @ 09:13

Hey Nick,

I completely agree. If he had approached me in a different way, it wouldn't have been so weird. It's the fact he dived in, assuming I'm going to use his services, and implying I should go in and sign!

He should have just said, "We know you have tenants moving out- we may have some tenants that are interested. Happy to discuss further if interested"

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mllysbb 16th September, 2010 @ 07:23

Ring them back, out of hours so you can leave a message, along the lines of:
Hi, I understand you have staff training issues, so I have arranged for a course in approaching prospective clients for your staff member "....." Please give me a call back so that we can arrange payment of our invoice.

Thank you

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Shelly 16th September, 2010 @ 12:34

HaHa,

after that message call straigh back and.....

Hi Lloyd, I understand that you are now seeking employment, I have lined up the perfect job cleaning bogs with the great salary of zero. Call me so we can arrange for you to pop round and sign the contract!

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Ginsterlam 16th September, 2010 @ 13:12

Sounds like there's a new paradigm for another Carlsberg ad' on the way and this time they're shooting it at your gaff!

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jeffo 16th September, 2010 @ 22:03

Its just a ploy. They have nobody lined up at all. Nobody has been to see it and nobody but you loves the place.

I heard of one a while ago where the interested party turned out to be the letting agents sister who posed as a prospective tenant.
I wish I was a cut throat, lying, slime ball too. Honesty sucks!

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Jeff 21st September, 2010 @ 18:30

I have to agree with Jeffo. There's no one lined up. They're just fishing for your attention.

There's nothing wrong with them lining up a prospective tenant for you, but they should have sent along the contract for what you would need to pay provided they can have a tenant you apprive in by a certain date.

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rentdirectuk.co.uk 11th October, 2010 @ 20:15

I agree the agent was trying to be creative but obviously his approach seems to have pissed you off. At least he took the time to write a letter rather than just cold call over the telephone or worse still bombard you with tect messages. He probably didn't have anybody lined up but was lying to get you to use his services.

I am not lying if I say I have loads of tenants on our database. You can view our prequalified tenants online now.
Copy and paste http://www.rentdirectuk.co.uk/landlord_tenants_matches.php?action=search

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property lady 21st October, 2010 @ 20:43

I agree too, the agent didn't have any prospective tenants - he's just dangling a carrot. i had agents try that one on me before, it's either a friend he knows or tenants renting a property he is managing and are moving out of so would be perfect.

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Alasdair 20th December, 2012 @ 16:39

It's a valid method of instruction (although rare) known as 'Ratification' where an agent can imply that they have let your property and thus create a binding agreement with you if you agree to have their tenant in your property.

Other types of Authority To Act (legal terminology) are Estoppel, Implication of Law and (the most common and widely used) Express Appointment.

http://www.evolveme.co.uk

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Andreas 8th July, 2013 @ 14:13

Hey Nick,
I must admit that this cold calling tactic is quite scary and unique. I had cold called landlords for close to 10 years and built a large portfolio of repeat customers from it. Here is a blog on the topic with a link to how I pitched my landlords Cold Calling landlords

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Aimza 11th April, 2017 @ 16:22

Am I the only one who wants to know how the call back to the letting agent turned out? It's been years. :)

PS I only recently found this blog but have been pouring through everything.

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