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"Warning - cat in residence!"

Being letting agents in Witney has been an anxious experience recently. Our Property Managers’ nerves have been tested nearly to destruction over the last few weeks.  One discovered a grenade whilst checking a property once the tenants had left.  The police were swiftly called and attended and were given the former tenant’s contact details. That gentleman rang us up rather sheepishly a day later. It was, in fact a live smoke grenade, indistinguishable from the real thing to a layman’s eye. And where grenades are concerned, our property managers are not experts.

On a lighter note, his colleague was somewhat concerned to find a note stuck to the door as he was about to enter a property and carry out a routine inspection.  The note read “Important – Read before entry” – thankfully it was just warning him about the cat in residence, who did turn out to be a total pussy cat.

As though this wasn’t enough, property management duties this month included preparing a rental property for their office manager and his notoriously discerning wife to move into, with only a two day turnaround period following the previous three year tenancy. The incoming tenants declared themselves satisfied after a thorough inspection. Finders Keepers staff are also landlords, and tenants – we really do “know the feeling”.