I’m frustrated with our housing company, for one. They have requested showings of our place a few times during day hours; fortunately they seem to have gotten the hint that the DB and I WORK during STANDARD WORK hours, and are not available before 6 p.m. Sure, there are days that the DB is off during the week, but because they wouldn’t let us out of our lease early (that is, if we gave notice September 15th, they would keep us in our lease until November 30th), our attitude is screw ’em.
So, they scheduled a showing while I was out of town; the tenant was a no-show, though the agent did turn up. No worries, it happens. They requested another showing last Friday at noon; when I said that wasn’t possible, they offered up 7:30, and said the same agent would be present, and apologized for the no-show.
We did some cleaning and basic tidying up, and held off on dinner since we weren’t starving. At 7:15, the doorbell rings, and it’s the agent with a prospective tenant. The agent clearly knows nothing about our place — I’m having to identify the fixtures and features that come with the house, she doesn’t know where light switches are (understandable), but seems really … not competent.
Then she mentions she has another appointment coming — and a couple shows up to look around. Okay, no problem, I chatted with them about the house, the neighbourhood and so on. Then another woman comes, and looks fairly comfortable with the agent, so I assumed she was another employee of the housing company — no, she was another prospective tenant. Away she goes with the agent… and then another couple comes for the tour.
In all, there were four appointments when we were only told of one, the agent was 15 minutes early (which to me was rude — what if we had a prior engagement or went out to run an errand and weren’t there when she arrived? Would she simply have let herself in, as the housing company had previous verified that the agent wouldn’t need keys, since we were going to be present?), and she didn’t know what was going on. She just struck me as ill-prepared and unprofessional.
For the record, we pretty much sat on the couch and kept to ourselves while everyone was wandering around. I kept watch over Thena and kept prompting people to push on the front door to shut it; it doesn’t latch properly, and I didn’t want it popping open. The agent tried to tell me that the final couple who came in had shut it behind them, when I could clearly see it was still open. I would have felt quite comfortable showing the place off myself, and when we looked at it it was the tenant who showed it to us — I don’t know why the need for an agent, but whatever.
The final couple to come through had a baby, and we offered to let them leave her downstairs with us while they explored (she was in a car seat, and they can be somewhat cumbersome). They declined, saying she’d cry (and I said that we’d understand if they preferred not to). The agent then asked where our little one was, saying that she noticed toys around the house.
For the record, the toys are clearly cat toys; catnip bags, balls with bells in them, feathers with a stick on them, and so on. Not to mention, there is no nursery in our townhouse: there is a master bedroom, office with two computer desks, and a spare bedroom with a double bed and a shelving unit. There are no cribs, playpens, diaper pails, changing tables, plastic children toys, or anything that would appear to indicate the presence of a child… and having been through the house with prospective tenants *three* times already, she should have realized this fact.
And finally… the other thing I discovered about our house that cheezed me off about our rental company involves our rent. When we started leasing the place, rent was $1295/month plus utilities. A few months before I lease was up for renewal, we got a lease renewal package that showed our rent was due to go up to $1313/month (plus utilities). I was nosy and checked out the listing on the rental company’s website for our place — new tenants come in at $1295/month plus utilities.
Struck me as awfully douche-y of them…