HMOs Sussed – Book Written and Published!

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:

Tessa Shepperson of Landlord Law and Mark Alexander of Property 118

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!)

Blog Update

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………


Filed under Management of an HMO

12 responses to “HMOs Sussed – Book Written and Published!

  1. Just got hold of a copy – will let you know whether we laughed or cried once we’ve read it!

  2. Did get a bit weepy during the Death of a Tenant section, to be perfectly honest! Sure those kinds of experiences aren’t common amongst the flatsharers and landlords we deal with! Overall, the book comes across as a very honest and insightful account of your experiences and a bit of a cautionary tale! If potential HMO Landlords have the guts and determination to make it work after reading this, they will go in with their eyes open and be very successful.

    • Thank you, Spare Room! That was a lovely review and I wonder if you’d be kind enough to put it on the Amazon review page? I think you get more involved as an HMO landlord especially as some of the people have had fairly chaotic lives and just want to put down some roots. They’re also fed up of being taken advantage of so do struggle to realise that I’m not trying to fleece them.

      I’m interviewing an HMO tenant who has cancer tomorrow and hoping to put it on the blog, which I hope will be inspirational. Once again, big thanks for being interested and reading the book.

  3. Angela

    Loved your book that much I read it twice and even highlighted info that I need to learn fast.My daughter and I are Landlords of 10plus years and currently converting one of our properties into a multi-let.Up to this point we have largely gone down the LA route with our properties, anyway to keep it short we wish to go out on our own and as I/we speak your book has not put us off one bit, it has encouraged us and we are looking forward to this long-term venture.Big thanks and will follow your blog so please keep it going.
    Newbies – mum and daughter

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