An anonymous professional landlord has written a book claiming to lift the lid on the world of buy-to-let for the first time.

Parasite: The Secret Diary of a Landlord is a warts-and-all account of everyday life in the sector, drawing on two decades in the business.

The author, known only as The Secret Landlord, admits to being a large-scale portfolio landlord with properties nationwide, and explains it was prompted by her recent experiences.

She tells LandlordZONE: “While you get used to the hostile environment, this era of Government intervention and public hatred ushered in by Covid-19 feels new.

“There have been moments where I’ve wondered is this the right time to share the truth the other side of the door, but now more than ever, I think it’s important for people to hear the landlord’s side of the story.

“I think other landlords, potential landlords, tenants, potential tenants, in fact anybody who’s interested in other people’s lives will enjoy reading it.”

The book claims to reveal what it’s really like to be a landlord and the shocking reality of renting out a property. 

The Secret Landlord reckons the real life of a professional landlord 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.

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