Him: I'm ringing about the flat. Me: Sorry, it's gone. Him: But I need somewhere urgently. Alarm bells ring. Me: Why's that, if you don't mind me asking? Him: I'm being evicted in 3 weeks Me: Ok, can I ask why? Him: Rent arrears. Me: But I wouldn't take you with rent arrears, and I'd be asking for a previous landlord reference. Him: But I need somewhere - what am I supposed to do? Me: Presumably, if you cleared the rent arrears, you'd be able to stay where you are? Him: Yes, it's the only reason for my eviction. Me: Ok, clear the arrears and you're sorted. Him: But I owe them loads of money - so have you got anywhere else? .