When I moved in to the new flat, I couldn’t have been happier. It was everything I wanted and more, at a fraction of the price I intended to pay. The letting agent had been particularly enthusiastic, showing me around every inch of the ground floor apartment. He led me through the front door and into the bedroom, through to the lavish kitchen area and into the living room. It was an older-style flat, converted from a house a few decades ago. I’d asked the agent who lived upstairs but he shook his head and continued showing me around: “Check out this bathroom! Fully marble floors!”

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