HMO Heroes and Villains

HMO Heroes and Villains

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9:30 AM, 5th December 2012, About 12 years ago 9

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HMO Heroes and Villains - Francis DolleyThey say everyone has a book inside them waiting to be set free. After being asked to review a friend’s book and unexpectedly seeing my words in print, I found I recently got the bug to write a book of my own!

I knew it would have to be a property related book and I have a great passion for HMO’s.

First question – what angle has not already been extensively covered from every known perspective?

There are many ‘Nuts and Bolts’ books out there giving you the low down on how to run a successful Multi Let (or how not to) and a few of these books contained the real life experiences of the owners. Personally I found these to be the most interesting part of the books – everyone likes a good story, right?

As everybody says ‘property is a people business’ and depending on who you decide to let into your HMO, you can certainly have more than your fair share of drama in your life!

So I am writing an interview style book with 12 or so experienced and some not so experienced HMO landlords. First a snapshot of whom they are and their portfolio and then the highs and lows of their property roller-coaster ride (no one I have spoken too seems to have had a totally smooth ride). I already have some great contributors and their often painful/hilarious anecdotes but need a few more.

So I have a question for 118 readers – Who would you nominate and why? It could be someone with just one HMO who is offering a unique service, it could be you or an old hand who has seen it all?

Someone suggested a guy called Peter Rachman but I have having trouble getting him to return my calls!! Does anyone have James Caan’s mobile number???

Thanks in advance for your help.


Francis Dolley

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9:04 AM, 6th December 2012, About 12 years ago

How about Paul Galbraith? I enjoyed listening to him speak some years back.

9:10 AM, 6th December 2012, About 12 years ago

Who is the author of this piece? There is no byline.


9:58 AM, 6th December 2012, About 12 years ago

Hold your cursor over the picture, the caption is Francis Dolley

Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

14:14 PM, 6th December 2012, About 12 years ago

Hi Sam, it is indeed Francis Dolley - I-ve added his name to the bottom of the article.

Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

1:41 AM, 7th December 2012, About 12 years ago

Hi Francis, my suggestions are HMOlandlady for her humorous writing style and Robin Pilley of CXG Property Services for his landmark court win against his local council. Both are easy to find via a Google search. Please tell them both I said hello and best wishes.

12:52 PM, 9th December 2012, About 12 years ago


have modified 11 properties with 26 HMO tenants and would be happy to share our
experiences from having to revive somebody with mouth to mouth and CPR when he
had a needle sticking out of his arm and technically dead. To fending off
tenants who wanted to pay for their rent in “kind”


21:06 PM, 9th December 2012, About 12 years ago

Hi Jerry. Who is he? Do you have his info?
ps thanks for the link 🙂

22:09 PM, 9th December 2012, About 12 years ago

Hi Alan. Sounds juicy :-O

Can we talk via email?

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