I gave yet another letting agent the Spanish archer today. When I first
started out (nearly 2 years ago) I mailed all the local letting agents & got
a fair amount of work.
Soon found out it was a PITA. Collect keys, return keys, everything had to
be done yesterday, kept waiting for payment, every invoice queried - one
even asked me to help them defraud a landlord.
I now only work for 2 of them who are pretty good.
The one I 86'd today is a rather suspicious story.
Did a job for them on 10 November - toilet cistern wouldn't flush.
Changed the siphon & found the bottom entry ball valve had been cross
threaded, so I changed that as well. Checked for leaks, put away tools,
checked again - all OK.
Get a message on 3 December (I'm in France on a booze cruise, phone switched
off) saying that it was overflowing & had damaged the ceiling below.
Couldn't return the call till the 4th & was told they had to get someone
else in to sort it, cost £35 and I would have to pay it!
Odd thing is, I'd left my fleece at the job & returned to pick it up 2 or 3
days later - tenant didn't mention any leak or overflow.
I insisted on seeing a job sheet from whoever went in. It claimed the ball
valve was incorrectly set causing an overflow.
Since the siphon I fitted had a built in overflow & the cistern had a
separate one I find this distinctly iffy.
Some work you just don't need.
- posted 12 years ago