I was slightly annoyed by Archer Basset (our agents) when they phoned M at 10ish this morning to say "Some tradesmen will be coming round with the landlord after 10 tommorrow". Not "Is it convinient?" or "Will you be in?" and no apology for "I know this is only one days notice and you're supposed to be in London/Worcester".
So I phoned them up, and tried to explain why I thought 24 hours notice and no consultation wasn't acceptable, in a firm and clear but really not particularly angry kind of way. And hit a barrage of "You serf, you should be grateful, because they're coming out on a Saturday which we don't normally do, because it's an urgent thing*, why don't you appreciate our great magnanimity" and when I deigned to say "Well, actually Monday would have been more convenient because we had plans for Saturday and can work from home most week days with enough notice" I got dumped on hold with as little ceramony as someone hanging up on me. How Rude! When he finally deigned to take the nasty angry woman off hold, he said "I've made a note in your file" and was very cagey as to _what_ note he'd made in our file, although when pushed he said he'd noted that we'd been annoyed at only 24 hours notice and that we'd like to be consulted about when we had to deal with tradesmen in our house. I bet he's actually written "rude and cantankerous tenant doesn't appreciate us fixing her house".
Ah well. Apparently the tradesman in question is a general handyman, who will turn up with the landlord, handymen the bits that are amenable to handymenning, and then the landlord will go on to find electricians and plumbers to deal with the stuff that actually need dealing with at some other, as yet unspecified, time.
*Boggle. While I don't want to downplay our woes, I don't think that needing a bolt on a shed and wanting some picture hooks is in the slightest bit urgent. The electrics may well be urgent, but as you will see, they don't come into this in the slightest. And the house hasn't burnt down yet.