The Secret Landlord http://www.thesecretlandlord.com Diaries of a Secret Landlord Wed, 31 Aug 2022 09:08:02 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cropped-devil-face-mask-32x32.jpg The Secret Landlord http://www.thesecretlandlord.com 32 32 Can’t pay, Won’t pay tenants? Then be prepared for landlords to say: Don’t Stay. http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/cant-pay-wont-pay-tenants-then-be-prepared-for-landlords-to-say-dont-stay/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cant-pay-wont-pay-tenants-then-be-prepared-for-landlords-to-say-dont-stay http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/cant-pay-wont-pay-tenants-then-be-prepared-for-landlords-to-say-dont-stay/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2022 07:34:05 +0000 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/?p=311 These are tough, scary, anxiety-inducing times. And I can understand why movements such as ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’ and ‘Enough is Enough’ have found such support. But not paying has consequences. When I look to this oncoming winter, I fear not only for myself and the onslaught of eye-watering bills, but also for my tenants. […]

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I’m a boring property investor, but my future self will thank me. http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/im-a-boring-property-investor-but-my-future-self-will-thank-me/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=im-a-boring-property-investor-but-my-future-self-will-thank-me http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/im-a-boring-property-investor-but-my-future-self-will-thank-me/#respond Tue, 15 Feb 2022 10:52:51 +0000 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/?p=302 What do you do when you get a large sum of money? Fast cars? First class ticket to a Covid free beach? Illegal shit I can’t even begin to write? Spoiler alert: if you’re me, pay down mortgages. Yes, dial back and clock that: pay down mortgages. Not a sexy fast car. Not a first-class […]

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My Love / Hate Relationship with Property http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/my-love-hate-relationship-with-property/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-love-hate-relationship-with-property http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/my-love-hate-relationship-with-property/#comments Sat, 22 Jan 2022 07:00:22 +0000 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/?p=293 After twenty years doing the same job, the yearning for change sometimes gets overwhelming. Especially after a bad day, that’s when you want to say: I quit. So, I’ve been down this path before, and I soon learned a key fact many seasoned buy-to-let investors know: property is addictive. Once you’re in, it’s hard to […]

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What Role Should A Landlord Have In A Tenant’s Life? http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/what-role-should-a-landlord-have-in-a-tenants-life/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-role-should-a-landlord-have-in-a-tenants-life http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/what-role-should-a-landlord-have-in-a-tenants-life/#respond Fri, 10 Dec 2021 17:17:03 +0000 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/?p=277 I saw a reader’s comment that a landlord’s role should be ethereal. The idea made me question: a) what is ethereal? b) what is the role of a landlord? The first part is pretty easy to answer (thank you online dictionary!), ethereal means ‘extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be […]

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How I Changed My Mind About Being A Landlord (And Learned To Embrace Landlord Life) http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/how-i-changed-my-mind-about-being-a-landlord-and-learned-to-embrace-landlord-life/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-i-changed-my-mind-about-being-a-landlord-and-learned-to-embrace-landlord-life http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/how-i-changed-my-mind-about-being-a-landlord-and-learned-to-embrace-landlord-life/#respond Tue, 17 Aug 2021 07:06:01 +0000 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/?p=259 As a landlord, I’ve got used to being the baddie. To many, I am a scourge on society, a parasite, scum of the earth. To others, a role model. It’s a strange position to be in, and one, which until the last few years, I don’t think I was fully aware of. The vitriolic hatred, […]

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OMG Why Does It Take So Long To Sell A Property? http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/omg-why-does-it-take-so-long-to-sell-a-property/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=omg-why-does-it-take-so-long-to-sell-a-property http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/omg-why-does-it-take-so-long-to-sell-a-property/#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 13:52:39 +0000 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/?p=251 So, it’s been a while since I last wrote and that’s been due to a number of things, but mainly because I’ve been trying to sell some buy-to-let properties and that, dear reader, has not gone well. I don’t know what to say about this hotter than hot market, apart from the fact I believe […]

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Why I Am Selling My Buy To Let Properties http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/why-i-am-selling-my-buy-to-let-properties/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-i-am-selling-my-buy-to-let-properties http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/why-i-am-selling-my-buy-to-let-properties/#respond Mon, 10 May 2021 12:47:31 +0000 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/?p=241 So, it would appear I have hit a point. A really sharp, stab-your-finger sort of point. I don’t know if it’s lockdown fatigue (and the excitement of being out and about again), or too long in this business. But the point I’ve reached is: I’m selling, not letting. And the whole thing kinda took me […]

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How I bought a house the week before Christmas and completed before the Stamp Duty deadline http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/how-i-bought-a-house-the-week-before-christmas-and-completed-before-the-stamp-duty-deadline/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-i-bought-a-house-the-week-before-christmas-and-completed-before-the-stamp-duty-deadline http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/how-i-bought-a-house-the-week-before-christmas-and-completed-before-the-stamp-duty-deadline/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2021 08:10:48 +0000 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/?p=232 No, I wasn’t buying cash. No, I wasn’t buying at auction. Yes, I did need a mortgage. Yes, there was a small chain. The doomsayers (if you read the mainstream media), said it couldn’t be done. It took me precisely: 7 weeks and 6 days from offer acceptance to sale completion. Oh, and that was […]

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My Tenant is Causing Damp to my Flat: Episode 3 (The Unexpected Twist) http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/my-tenant-is-causing-damp-to-my-flat-episode-3-the-unexpected-twist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-tenant-is-causing-damp-to-my-flat-episode-3-the-unexpected-twist http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/my-tenant-is-causing-damp-to-my-flat-episode-3-the-unexpected-twist/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:25:03 +0000 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/?p=221 Honestly, it feels like I’m writing some sort of damp-based drama series for Netflix, but real life is stranger than fiction, so here goes… If you’ve missed episode one and two, you can catch up via the hyperlinks. * * * I think there’s a saying that all plans are made to be screwed up? […]

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My Tenant is Causing Damp to my Flat: Episode Two http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/my-tenant-is-causing-damp-to-my-flat-episode-two/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-tenant-is-causing-damp-to-my-flat-episode-two http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/my-tenant-is-causing-damp-to-my-flat-episode-two/#respond Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:08:39 +0000 http://www.thesecretlandlord.com/?p=217 If you missed episode one of the tenant damp saga, you can read it here. * * * So I email the big boss of the letting agency to find out why inspections are not being carried out, to be told they are. There was some sort of misunderstanding. ‘OK,’ I say. ‘We’ve sorted an […]

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