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A sheep in underpants: a landlord's tale

When staff at a Yorkshire residential letting agent carried out a routine inspection of one of its rented properties, it soon became apparent why their tenant was looking rather sheepish.

For wandering about inside the lounge of the home in Wakefield was a lamb - sporting a pair of giant underpants.

“When asked what the animal was doing, the tenant replied straight-faced that she had a big garden to maintain and it was cheaper than buying a lawnmower,” said Nick Simpson, Director of Linley & Simpson.

The episode is just one of a number of strange and funny incidents that staff at the company’s network of eight Yorkshire offices have been asked to deal with over the past 12 months.

Other bizarre requests have included:

  • A tenant in Horsforth, Leeds, saying it was too dark on the street outside and could Linley & Simpson arrange for the council to put up extra streetlights
  • A Leeds city centre client claiming he was allergic to central heating
  • An Ilkley resident asking for urgent help to remove a worm from a cellar
  • A pregnant Harrogate woman asking for a bath to be installed in her property – ‘otherwise the hospital won’t admit me when I go into labour’
  • A York man who claimed that the carpets in his property triggered panic attacks and asked for their removal
  • A Wetherby tenant complaining about the smell of the person living next door

“We have completed more than 25,000 lets since launching the business 12 years ago so nothing should really surprise us any more – but it does,” said Simpson.

“These incidents and requests show that there is never a dull moment in the life of a letting agent. Dealing with tenants’ requests – however bizarre they may seem – is an important part of the job and one which all of our 70 staff are trained to do well. For them it's all in a day's work.”

The company has three offices in Leeds as well as in York, Harrogate, Ilkley, Wetherby and Wakefield.

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