Getting a publisher to take an interest in something you’ve written is quite something to brag to one’s friends and family, but to launch it on your own site and conduct a well engineered self promotion campaign is quite another. These are the times it’s good to be fairly anonymous! So please bear with me.
HMOs Sussed – A Practical Guide to Managing Houses of Multiple Occupation was conceived after being unable to find any useful information on how to deal with some of the issues I come across as an HMO landlady; mainly, how do you legally evict or manage someone who’s dealing drugs and generally making life hell for other people with whom they’re sharing a front door and bathroom? As the owner or manager responsible for putting five or more strangers together in a house, the buck stops with you to sort out antisocial behaviour and things that go bump in the night.
HMOs Sussed is a guide on the pros and cons of being an HMO Landlord, how to set up, legally manage your HMO whilst keeping your sense of humour. It highlights the benefits of running HMOs as a high yielding investment balanced with the practical realities of this (sometimes) challenging market. Owning HMOs is NOT an armchair investment but can be very rewarding both financially and personally.
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the following experts for taking their time to read the book and posting their reviews:
I was recently contacted by a reader completely unconnected with property who read the book and kindly said “I read it cover to cover, laughed out loud at some bits and feel that even I can now run an HMO!”.
So, if you’re considering your own HMO, this guide will help you calculate the yields, walk you through its set up, give hints and tips on advertising and managing followed by an easy-to-read legal point of view by Ben Reeve-Lewis – a Tenant Relations Officer and regular columnist and broadcaster.
(Oh, and don’t be put off by the front cover – the publishers felt that a disparate group of men with roll ups hanging out their mouths, clutching cans of Special Brew probably wasn’t the image we were trying to convey!)
The summer holidays may be over and my tenants have kept their heads down (probably more out of fear of me turning up with the three kids in tow to sort out any issues) but I still have some stories to post………