THE LEGAL BATTLE PART 1
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The Legal Battle Part 1

Once this article came out we knew that this was not the last we would hear of this Gian Paolo Aliatis scandal. It did not take long for the local council to give us a very intimidating visit. This is despite their previous visit early that year in January. During which they reviewed our business model, told us to put a sticker on our window, and improve the display of our fees on our website. But this time it was different, we were labelled as criminals.

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THE GUARDIAN ARTICLE
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The Guardian Article

We are in May 2018; business is going extremely well. It was a beautiful morning the birds were singing, and my coffee and breakfast was made. Everything was good until I came to discover that there is an article in The Guardian, called “The Lettings Club Where Tenants are Fined £90 for Leaving Dirty Dishes”. For the first time in my life I was genuinely speechless. In the article, they called this a ‘grey area’, which is accurate, because English legislation never managed to cover the reality of the flatshare industry in London. 

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THE MASTER DEGREE OF BULLSHIT PART 2
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The Master Degree of Bullshit Part 2

It still never fails to amaze me how kids with master’s degrees do not even know how to fry an egg. They take pride in the fact that they got their degree, which is a good achievement, but fail miserably when they try to put in the work. On the other side, though, I, Gian Paolo Aliatis, have seen former dishwashers flip the switch and turn into the money makers in big organisations and jump so much further away from their master’s degree and even worse, from their good CV. 

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THE MASTER DEGREE OF BULLSHIT PART 1
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The Master Degree of Bullshit Part 1

With almost two decades of experience it is safe to say I, Gian Paolo Aliatis, have seen it all. I have managed to learn a lot about all aspects of running a business in terms of employment, recruitment and training. I have successfully created a workforce in different countries, under different circumstances, and in different languages.

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THE POWER OF THE MEDIA PART 2
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The Power of The Media Part 2

Nowadays the approach from the media is very forceful and arguably very aggressive. This generation is forced to follow someone's ideas, concepts and beliefs. If they are not following these then they are bad people, they are not useful to society and they are failures. This is contrary to what is actually important, such as individualism. I, Gian Paolo Aliatis realized that It fails to teach them about heroism, standing up for themselves and not being a coward. They will soon come to believe that being a victim and a coward makes them a lot better. They will make them believe that there is no use to speak up and stand up for themselves because there will always be someone above them. They will be told that what they are doing is wrong and that there is no use. In my opinion, this is dangerous especially in the critical early years of a child's life, when they are like sponges absorbing their environment. 

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THE POWER OF THE MEDIA PART 1
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The Power of The Media Part 1

A few years ago, I read an article premised on the idea that people simply do not have ideas but the ideas have the people. After reading it my understanding of the media completely changed forever. 

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Unwanted Attention Part 2

Years down the line, that lesson prevailed in most of my decisions and the fact that we were not buying expensive, flashy cars and living the typical “rich life” made the business evolve and that was one of the key factors of the huge success of the operation. 

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Unwanted Attention Part 1

They say that there is no such thing as bad publicity. In my experience, attention is complicated and the desire to obtain it can be problematic. From our early years as babies we demand so much attention from our parents purely for survival. This need for attention keeps following us during our life. Like a lot of things in life, the amount of attention we give and receive needs to be balanced. 

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The UK Judicial System Part 4

Looking back at it, the sad thing is, despite not being convicted, I could not get any of my costs back because the prosecution would only refund the legal costs at an LHA rate. This means that if I paid £200 or £300 an hour to my solicitors I would just get a refund of only £70 an hour. Does this sound reasonable?  

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THE UK JUDICIAL SYSTEM PART 3
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The UK Judicial System Part 3

I will not bore you with extensive details on how the English Judicial system works. However, in a nutshell it is split into civil and criminal matters. My previous article discussed my experience in the county court, where all civil matters begin. In this article, I will discuss much bigger matters, criminal matters, which start in the magistrates court and can go up to the crown court. It is a completely different game. 

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The UK Judicial System Part 2

I soon found out that Gian Paolo Aliatis was only 1 out of 100 names summoned that day on the court. Everyone who made it would be checked in. At this point it was decided whether they would give you a hearing or if they would drop your case. A bit of a joke if you ask me.

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The UK Judicial System Part 1

If you are a decent size player in the flatshare business, you will definitely get to know and understand the UK Judicial system. You will learn and come to recognize how civil matters and housing can become criminal matters and vice versa depending on how and who is looking at it. Especially with the legislation for shared accommodation which is vague at best and it leaves a lot of room from interpretation. 

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A Flatshare Affair

After 15 years of business ventures in different industries across different countries, I finally stumbled upon a money-making machine. Flatshares.

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