Get Me Out Of Here; I Have A Tenancy! Reasons for letting agents to Lock-in and Luck-Out.
It was a Friday evening and lock up time in Canterbury for our student lettings agency, after a hard week. The telephone rang and a student tenant advised that she was locked inside her bedroom. “Get me out of here; I have a tenancy!”
Actually the words she used were more akin to “can you get me out here; I am your tenant”. Doesn’t quite have the same ring as our title. Anyway, racing to the rescue, I arrived at the student’s house to find the student’s bedroom door open and unlocked with the tenant inside reading a book. But a moment ago she was trapped inside? Had I gone to the wrong student house? The temperamental lock had finally opened, prior to my arrival.
Get me out of here; I have a tenancy.… Tales of the unexpected: An Inside Job
“Can you explain the problem with your door”, I asked. The tenant invited me in whilst she stood by the door and ordered, “Wait inside (the room).” She quickly closed the door as I sensed imminent disaster. With me, the letting agent, trapped on the inside and she, the tenant, on the other side, I could not get my breath to shout, NO! I knew in advance what was about to happen, but I was breathless to prevent it as she closed the door. “The door is stuck closed”, she then announced! Why was I not surprised?
Feeling like I had just been hoodwinked, and that this was the mischievous tenant’s payback to enable me to share her experience of being trapped, I then had to try and escape!” I had come prepared with my toolbox, inside which I keep a ‘roller scrapper.’ But I have yet to use it for scraping paint from a roller. Instead, because of it’s unique hook-like profile, it is thus also very useful for opening doors from inside a room. How? Slide the roller scraper in the gap between the door-lock and the door frame catch, then locate the u-shape of the scraper behind the latch and pull, then voila – open sesame. This enabled my release. Also in my toolbox was a spare lock, which I then swapped with the defective lock. Instead of saying, Get me out of here; I have a tenancy, I found myself saying “I have my tool box; I’ll get me out of here”.