Capitalist Dilemma

Continuation of the posting of early ‘blogs’ from the vinceunlimited website.

A photo of a very white bathroom showing the close-coupled WC, part of the pedestal mpunted basin on the left and the bath on the right
A picture of the offending item [The WC and cistern, not the leak]

Had a call from our last tenants about the cost of their water bill.  Apparently the reading for the most recent five months was nearly double that of the previous six.

I might have blamed their increase in numbers due to the child production line that they have started, perhaps thinking that the toddler who scratched our window cill also spuriously ran the bath from time to time.  From the state of the grease in the kitchen it is clear that they weren’t squandering water on cleaning so the problem appeared to stem from the leaky WC cistern.

They reported this a few months ago and I thought that my temporary repair had solved the crisis.  I had purchased a new cistern innards and was waiting for the call to say that it was still leaking but the call never came.

However water was running when we took back possession.  I deduced that this leak was in part responsible for the higher bill.

So, quandary time.

Technically the tenants are responsible for not informing us that the leak had re-appeared.  However, as Landlord, it appeared that I failed to stem the leak the first time so feel partly responsible.

On moral grounds Lynda and I decided to pay a sum toward the bill.

So, would this act of generosity to the less well-off bode well in Landlord of the Year competitions or does our lack of capitalist leanings disqualify us completely?

At least we’ll sleep at night.  Unlike the tenants with their young family.

Author: Vince Poynter
From the Blog section of the vinceunlimited.co.uk website dated 19 Apr 2018
First Published: Version 2.02 on 30 Aug 2005
The accompanying photograph shows the actual WC and cistern installed at the author’s let apartment, taken in Feb 2004 and first added to the website in Version 3 in Mar 2010