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Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Specialising in buying houses and then letting them to student groups in the higher end of the market in a town of over 800 student lets is my focus. Learning the business from scratch, I purchased my first buy-to-let property for my daughter when she went to university.

I'm a hands on landlord and fully manage all my own properties. I'll give you tips on how you can do it and also how not to do it! I'll tell you about my letting experiences - some frustrating, some amazing and some just plain mundane.

As an experienced student landlord I've seen many groups of excellent students over the years, however I've also had my fair share of letting issues - burglaries, floods, non payment of rent, angry student parents, collapsed ceilings, university student welfare offices, broken and stained beds and so on. 

I like a challenge. I don't take security deposits, finding a legal way around this hassle has been interesting and I'll let you know how I get on. I've never paid to advertise. Whilst others let properties in the town for 10 or 11 months, I let my student houses for 12 months. 

Whether you're experienced or a novice, I'll address the issues and share my knowledge and hopefully challenge you to come up with some answers as well, for everyone's benefit.

1 comment:

Tony said...

Sounds a good lead as I am also in a college town. Lets see more