Below we have picked out some comments made by a few of the students, usually by email or text. Hopefully this will give you a "flavour" of the relationship we have with them, as Landlords.
As you will see, we like to be informal, but at the same time professional. We ensure that the equipment and facilities in each house are maintained, and we have a policy of replacing old with new, not second-hand. The students appreciate this and in return will better look after furniture and appliances, etc. As our saying goes, "You look after our house, and we'll look after you".
"Best Landlord ever! I really enjoyed my stay at 170 and having such a lovely landlord made university a lot easier. If you're looking for affordable accommodation then look no further.
Thanks Alan for the best 3 years in a house that I really miss."
Haleigh W. (Ashford Street - Sep 2015)
"Hi Alan! Thanks for the help the other day haha worked a treat! How much is my room a week again? ..."
Louise I. (Ashford Street - Sep 2015)
"Just to update you both. Andrew forced me to leave the jelly beans at 65 for the new lads rather than eat them all myself! The new lads arrived today and said to say thank you to you, and also saw the note you left..."
Alan Scoones (Landlord! - to ex-tenants - Seaford Street - Sep 2015)
"Everything is fine with the house, the gas man was around last week, (rent) money's all paid..."
Angela R. (Ashford Street - Aug 2015)
"Hiya Alan, hope you're well. The house is now deadlocked. Thank you for being a great landlord for the past 2 years, take care.... the list of "issues" is on the coffee table. Thanks again..."
Nicola P. (Seaford Street - Jul 2015)
"Hey Alan, that's fine. Thank you for being such a great landlord over the last 2 years... "
Josie H. (Ashford Street - Jun 2015)
"Yeah that sounds great...... would you preder to go somewhere like the Terrace pub, so we can chat for 5 minutes to make sure we know the plan for next year?..."
Simon W. (Seaford Street - April 2015)
"I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at 170 Ashford,...... Once again, thanks for everything. The way you handle the property and it's residents makes for very happy living conditions"
Brent L. (Ashford Street - Nov 2014)
"Thank you for being a really helpful landlord this year, especially since i had lots of trouble with money income. Thanks again, Eve :)"
Eve K. (Ashford Street - July 2014)
"TJust to let you know that I managed to get a parking permit today, so once again thanks for all your help."
Jess T. (Seaford Street - Sept 2013)
"Thank you very much and thank you for being a great landlord! There's not many of them around in this day and age!
Sally H. (Boughey Road - July 2013)
"There's a box of biscuits for u in the living room to say thanks for the time in the house. I'll leave the money I owe you with Aaron before I leave tonight"
Kelly H. (Ashford Street - July 2013)
"Mop bucket was 5-quid and we taught Chris to mop. Woop - Mattress is brilliant :)"
Hannah B. (Ashford Street - Oct 2012)
"Hi Alan, Thanks for working so hard to fix everything it is extremely appreciated.
Debbie W. (Ashford Street - January 2012)
"Hey Alan, I must say you truly are a legend and the best landlord's ever! 1 in a million. Thank you so much for all your hard work and happy new year!!! Many Thanks.
Cam P. (Boughey Road - January 2012)
"Thank you very much for being such a terrific landlord and making the last two years of living like a student completely stress free. I have recommend you to a fair few people, so you never know!
Marcus L. (Ashford Street - May 2011)
"We've got a few friends looking for houses next year in Stoke and we couldn't recommend Alasco enough. Will you have any tenants moving out at the end of this academic year, freeing up any 3 or 4 bedroom houses?"
Ross C. (Seaford Street - Nov 2010)
"I just want to start by saying we had a fantastic time whilst staying in xx!!! It was a brilliant. Thanks again for letting us stay over graduation it was very much appreciated. Many Thanks for everything really enjoyed living at xx seaford street we will miss it lots.
Sarah T. (Seaford Street - Jul 2010)
"Ah, brilliant. I've sent that off, it'll save you the hassle of reminding me a week into October :) I'm actually looking forward to seeing Stoke again too, I didn't expect to miss the place! Thanks again for being patient"
Jake H. (Ashford Street - Jul 2010)
"Hi Alan, thanks for being a brilliant landlord while I was there :) ....... and if I decide commuting's too much, I'd definately have you as a landlord again (providing there was space or course!)"
Laura W. (Boughey Road - Jul 2010)
"Hi Alan, just to let you know we are all out of the house and we have posted all keys through the door, as Mark brought the last set up at his graduation.....Thanks for letting us have the house for the past two years - its been great, Id advise any students to have a rent+bills combo like you have done for us!!"
Beth C. (Ashford Street - Jul 2009)
"Thanks Alan! Someone should be in the house at all times over the next few days so delivery should not be a problem! Ill let you know when they have delivered it. Thanks for arranging everything"
Beth C. (Ashford Street - Feb 2009)
"Hi Alan, the washing machine has now been fixed, thanks for sorting the engineer out for us!"
Beth C. (Ashford Street - Feb 2008)
"Alan, Thanks so much for your cooperation - and for being so understanding......I think what you have said is totally fair and I respect your leniency with me......With regards to showing people round, no problem, just let me know before so I can make the disgusting guys I live with clean up!! Cheers and thanks once again! Your such a fab landlord!
Sara L. (Seaford Street - Jan 2007)
"Hi Alan - Just a quick email to say thanks so much for coming and fixing a few things in the house, it is appreciated! I hope you had an excellent Xmas and a fabulous new year!
Sara L. (Seaford Street - Jan 2007)
"it is a shame we didnt get to see u again, but you were the best landlord
and thank you for letting us live in ashford street! good luck with the businesses!"
Priya M. (Ashford Street - 2006)
"Thanks for being ok with me leaving moving out until the 8th it makes it
much easier to get my stuff together. Im sure the house will be in good
condition when you get there, might be worth sending an email in advance
though so they can get the place in order. I heard some suspicious rumours
the other day that they were planning a tidy up but i dont know how true
Anyway, thanks again, im sure i'll see you around the 8th.
All the best alan! kev.
Kevin R. (Ashford Street - 2006)
"Thanks for everything over the past two years, we couldn't have asked for a better landlord! May see you on our visits to Stoke next year!"
Luke C. (Ashford Street - 2006)
I don't know if the girls have already been in contact but it seems that our
washer has now packed it in completely. I did a load this morning (20/03/05)
but when Sara tried to wash her work stuff nothing happened. I think the
door lock-seel system no longer works therefore the washing machine does not
start. As it is Easter there won't be many of us around - Sara is at work
all day, Becca is going home on tuesday, Jo is already away and I will be
away Monday-Friday. That means the easiest option may be for you to let
yourself in during the week or wait till next weekend as I will be around
(although I don't think you'll want to work Easter weekend.) Sara is
currently using the new machine you installed next door and I think that may
suffice for the moment but will not work in the long run. Thanks for the new
microwave - it works a treat.
If I don't see you before easter, have a good one."
Anika L. (Seaford Street - 2005)
"Thanks a lot Alan, you've been a star!!"
Dani K. (Seaford Street - 2005)
"Great news about the boiler, thanks for that. I have noticed that the left tap (hot) in the small toilet upstairs doesnt turn as it is very stiff. None of us have
managed to move it in fact! If you wanted to have a look at that. Other than that im happy and wish you all the best during the festive period! see you in the new year sir!
Sam V. (Ashford Street - 2005)
Just a quick e-mail to let you know that everyone in Ashford Street has now had their student loans paid into their respective accounts. So feel free to cash any cheques we already owe you. Thanks for your patience and hope to see you soon."
Mike H. (Ashford Street - 2005)
"Thanks for lookin after me Alan! Yeah please destroy the cheque for me that'd be ace coz the transactions already been processed from my account.
Kevin R. (Ashford Street - 2005)
"Alasco provided a very smooth transition of landlords for us and ensure a
quality service is maintained all the time for us. Stars to rent from!!"
Sarah L. (Seaford Street - 2004)
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