I am having to interrupt my week off because there is a work thing I couldn’t get out of.
Had some flat drama last night. We’ve had loads of issues with work needing to be done, people showing up without giving notice, letting themselves in, coming into our rooms while we are sleeping, so we are quite touchy about unexpected visits.
Couple of weeks ago the handy man turned up really early, I didn’t answer the door as I wasn’t up, then outside the guy stopped me and said he needed to get access, I said I can’t be late for my train, he repeated he needed to get in and I said he couldn’t just turn up and that we need to be given notice and then I left.
Didn’t hear anything til the weekend when the landlord sent a message saying he needs to get in to inspect something or an invoice can’t get paid and get would be charged extra and that we had cancelled the previous inspection. I replied explaining I hadn’t cancelled anything we had no knowledge of the inspection until he showed up and that I couldn’t deal with him without being late for work.
Phoned up the handyman to reschedule and he starts having ago at me, saying I should have got up to answer the door, I explained I didn’t know he was coming, I would have been late, and that these visits need to be arranged with our permission, he argued that the building management are allowed access whenever they want, I told him that’s not true and that we have had several problems with in the past some involving him. Arranged the visit for yesterday when I was out.
He comes, does the visit, then on the way out properly kicks off at my housemate, ‘I don’t appreciate your mate saying I made him late for work, that’s his own fault for being too lazy to get out of bed’ my housemate heard him out then explained the issue was we weren’t expecting him, had no idea what he needed to do and couldn’t just drop everything, the guy kept going on saying it was my fault for being lazy, eventually my housemate had enough and told him to get out, there was some arguing in the stairwell, the guy started complaining to other residents, then came back aggressive knocking.
Just a ridiculous situation, I can understand his initial annoyance but don’t think I was unreasonable for not wanting to be late, and then he lied about us cancelling the appointment, argued with me on the phone about my rights as a tenant and properly kicked off at my housemate. I don’t want this guy in my flat ever again