Book Review

Parasite? The Secret Diary of a Landlord – The Secret Landlord

Happy publication day to The Secret Landlord – Parasite? The Secret Diary of a Landlord is released today! Many thanks to The Secret Landlord for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in today’s festivities.


Get ready to learn what really happens behind closed doors.

Landlords have become one of the most hated groups in society. Parasites, they’re often called. And there’s a lot of them. The Treasury estimates there are almost 2.6 million landlords in the UK with around 5.45 million rental properties.

But the real life of a professional landlord is very different to what most people think. From burglaries and break-ins to drug raids, police warrants, crazy tenant antics, bailiffs, squatters, lawsuits, wrecked properties, interfering council officers, game-playing freeholders to moments of heartfelt joy and happiness, the life of a landlord is never dull. Especially when the government keeps moving the goalposts.

This explosive front line exposé blows the lid off what it’s really like to be a landlord and the shocking reality of renting out a property. Hovering close to a nervous breakdown and likely suffering PTSD, The Secret Landlord exposes truths rarely shared. Stories that will grip you, move you and smack you in the face.

This is the truth, the other side of the door. 


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As something of an addict of programmes like Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away and Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords, I was interested to read this book straight from the horses mouth. Presented as the Secret Landlord’s diary, running from April through to the end of the year, the conversational style of writing makes this a quick, but interesting read.

With encounters ranging from funny, to heartbreaking, to just downright awful, SL’s diary provides a fascinating insight into the world of the property developer, and left me with a new appreciation for just how hard that particular career choice can be. There was a time when I actually had dreams of becoming a property developer, but just one month in to reading SL’s diary I found myself thanking my lucky stars that I was never in a position to do so! As if the first half of the book wasn’t a nervous breakdown waiting to happen, just wait until you get to October!

If you are thinking about getting into property development as a landlord, before you do anything READ THIS BOOK!!!!


The Secret Landlord has been renting, refurbishing and selling properties across the UK for almost two decades. An award winning landlord, as judged by the National Landlords Association, The Secret Landlord has provided accommodation for hundreds of tenants from all walks of life.




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