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Victoria Whitlock

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    Renting (or ranting), letting (of blood, if necessary) in London
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  1. Thank you. I think. Maybe I'll rename the column "The Impressively Annoying Landlord' - though Guy_M may claim copyright as he coined this excellent turn of phrase in the first place.
  2. And it would require you to come out with more than dull one-liners. This is boring.
  3. Not so, I rent one property by the room but almost all of my tenants are foreign workers, in London for only a few months, mainly Eastern Europeans but some southern Africans, Aussies and western Europeans too. None of them would have bought a property in the UK. I had one tenant who already owned a property in London but she was relocated from north to south so found it more convenient to rent instead. The tenants who rent my house (as opposed to the flat just mentioned) rent out of choice - believe me, they could easily afford to buy it if the wanted to, but they don't want to be tied down.
  4. Ah, but I have already been schooled a great deal by the market. I've been here before you see. I lived through the price crash in the '80s, not as one of your hated BTLers but as a homeowner and I learned 3 lessons back then. 1/what goes up may well come crashing back down; 2/the market is a volatile beast that is likely to snatch everything away from you; and 3/ when that happens, you don't blame everyone around you, the government, the bankers, the butcher the baker and rant on internet forums abut the world in general- you work your way out of it. Been there, done it 'dear', so I've gone
  5. Well how jolly decent of you! You have completely reversed my opinion of late-night ranters. I agree with you that the ES footnote doesn't adequately sum up who I am - perhaps I need to work harder at conveying the reality of my situation - less 'smug mum with too much money' and more 'manic mother who keeps messing up'!
  6. Tut, tut, why are you people so nasty? It's been a blast, but time now to cook dinner so I'll leave you to stew in your own juices.
  7. Sorry, didn't know we were having an argument. It''s surely all about supply and demand - that's why prices are higher than London where there are too many people and too few homes than they are in eerrrrm Huddersfield. And would my tenants pay more if they bought one of my properties? No, because they're worth about 10p right now.
  8. I didn't say rents are lower than they were 20 years ago. I said that I am charging the same now as I was paying back then. My point is that there is more competition in the rental sector, which I believe has improved standards. Surely you are not blaming BTL investors for the number of homeless people in the UK? Where is your evidence? I think we should look to the government's and local authorities' housing policies rather than lashing out at one very small sector of the market.
  9. Ah, I see the title really bothers you. The explanation is a little long, but since you ask here goes. Accident no 1: A friend wanted to buy the flat she had been renting for years which was in a near-derelict building that was being sold. The owner wouldn't sell the flat on its own and as she couldn't afford the whole block she and her children were facing eviction. I clubbed together with friends to buy the remainder of the building with the intention of doing up the other 2 flats to sell on. We spent so long and so much doing them up we could only sell them at a loss so rent them out inste
  10. PS Stop stalking 'Victoria Whitlock' on Facebook. I'm not on Facebook; am not a 'virus' either, so whoever dreamed that up should probably stick to IT or what other areas of 'expertise' they have.
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