Managing Estates is taking on a new meaning:

Managing Estates is taking on a new meaning:

  • This is a concept which has been fermenting in my head.
  • With the numbers of longterm residents falling, there are some estates almost entirely comprised of HMOs.
  • Unless we as landlords and agents take an interest in these localities as a whole, the areas will decline.
  • I have personally adopted one such estate as I find myself regularly visiting it.
  • I am invariably met by one or two matresses, highway signs, an abandoned toilet complete with sistern, a boiler, trolleys, etc.
  • What does one do with such stuff blighting our localities and the lives of both our tenants and the locals within communities?
  • I find myself ringing the Council to have the unsightly items removed.
  • The point I wish to make is, having bought the properties from longterm residents we now need to become caretakers in their absence.
  • If we can establish a model for one estate we might be able to extend this to another and so on.
  • How might such a model work? You tell me!
  • I would imagine we would establish some sort of rota wherby we take it in turns to look after our allocated areas.
  • If we see a bin lid bulging open, whether or not our property, then we need to assist the offending tenants to ensure the lid is properly closed to ensure collection.
  • Such small gestures is what local residents consider makes communities - looking out for each other.
  • Are we as some locals describe - money grabbing landlords who only care about ourselves?
  • Will our actions in communities dispel or affirm such prejudism?
  • Take it upon yourself to do something - do not think "it is not my job" as such attitudes will not solve problems!