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Are YOU in it? Landlord to dish dirt on working in private rental sector

Anonymous multi-unit landlord says her 'secret diary' will be a warts-and-all expose of the industry.

Nigel Lewis


Letting agents looking for some bed-time reading will soon have a new tome to grapple with when Parasite: The Secret Diary of a Landlord is published in a few days’ time.

Written by an anonymous female multi-unit landlord, it claims to be a no-holds barred account of her trade.

She says now is the right time for people to understand the other side of the rental coin as public disapproval of the sector has risen during the evictions ban, and that “other landlords, potential landlords, tenants, potential tenants will enjoy reading it”.

“It’s an explosive time to be publishing an explosive book. I’ve been a landlord for almost twenty years, and while you get used to the hostile environment, this era of government intervention and public hatred ushered in by Covid-19 feels new.”

The diary claims to reveal what it’s really like to run a portfolio including the both ugly and amusing sides of renting out a property.

Secret landlord

The Secret Landlord says the real life of a professional property manager is very different to the public perception; dealing with burglaries and break-ins, drug raids, police warrants, crazy tenant antics, bailiffs, squatters, lawsuits, wrecked properties, interfering council officers and game-playing freeholders.

She adds: “It’s not just misbehaving and non-paying tenants you’re up against, you’ve also got errant tradesmen, local councils and ever-changing Government regulations to contend with. There are some good times, but nowadays they’re few and far between.”

Parasite: The Secret Diary of a Landlord is published on 15th October by Alethea and is available to pre-order on Amazon.

September 8, 2020

One comment

  1. More like this is needed to give a better balanced perspective of what’s going on in private rental sector. ts not the ‘hard done by stories popularly trotted out by tenant support groups, but conniving Local and central Govt, off-loading their welfare housing responsibilities onto private landlords and then ‘kicking’ them legally and financially in the teeth, before throwing them under a bus.

    Its okay though, what goes around, comes around and unfortunately it will be tenants paying the price literally in higher rents for less property available.
    Private landlords are reconsidering their investment strategies which isn’t good news for the housing requirements of this country.

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