R.I.P. David Knox – A.K.A. “Appalled Landlord”

R.I.P. David Knox – A.K.A. “Appalled Landlord”

6:00 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago 33

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Our dear friend, David Knox – A.K.A. “Appalled Landlord” passed away on 21st January 2020.

He was probably best known by Property118 readers for publishing his investigative work and critique of the ‘so called’ housing charity Shelter, the lack morals and underhand practices of which he despised.

He published 50 articles on Property118 over a number of years under his pseudonym “Appalled Landlord” and we have collated these into a library via the link below.


David was always a very private man during his life and preferred to post under the pseudonym of Appalled Landlord. However, his wife (Ludmilla) sent us the embedded picture and given us permission to publish this article and reveal his true identity. She will also be reading any comments that you may wish to post.

David was also stalwart campaigner against the Section 24 restrictions on finance cost relief. Being a retired Chartered Accountant he was a key member of the team that built the Property118 software to help landlords compare their post Section 24 financial position as individuals or partnerships vs the costs and outcomes of transferring their property rental businesses into a Limited Company.

I first met David in person at the High Court hearing in my representative action case against the West Brom  Mortgage Company. We met again at the Court of Appeal, where we won the case. During that entire two and a half year campaign David was massively supportive.

We became close fiends when he and Ludmilla came to live in Malta and we also visited them in Portugal after they subsequently decided to relocate to Villamoura in the Algarve to take advantage of NHR tax status.

I am also aware that David met several other landlords who he befriended through Propery118 and we invite those friends to leave comments below.

His passing shocked us all, because he died a matter of just a few days after being diagnosed with cancer of the liver and gall bladder. I spoke to him on the day he was diagnosed and the day before his passing and he was still in surprisingly good spirit. Thankfully, he did not suffer for too long.

We mourn the loss of a very good man.

RIP David Knox – A.K.A. “Appalled Landlord”

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Neil Patterson

8:32 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago

David was a much loved member of the Property118 family and I will miss him greatly as I am sure we all will.

Old Mrs Landlord

9:48 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago

I am saddened to read of the death of this man who had such a grasp of the issues concerning landlords and the full implications of all the recent legislation as well as the media propaganda and disinformation promulgated by Shelter and other vested interests. The obvious time and effort put into the meticulous research he published on P.118 showed both his intelligence and dedication and I, for one, shall certainly miss those insights and cogent arguments. As someone who knew nothing of David personally but solely as an anonymous contributor to P.118 may I extend my condolences to his widow in her sudden and unexpected loss.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

9:59 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago

I am very sad to hear that and offer the most sincere condolences to David's family. I shall miss his posts. RIP.


10:08 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago

I didn’t know David personally but I always enjoyed his posts. He will be sorely missed by all the 118 crew. My condolences to his family.

The Property Man

10:28 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago

RIP David, such a sad loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.


10:40 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago

David will be sadly missed, my deepest condolences to his wife and family.


10:44 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago

Very sorry to hear of your loss and saddened by his passing. My families thoughts and prayers are with you,

Richard Adams

10:46 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago

Very sad news. Condolences to his wife and family.

David Atkins

10:47 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago

My deepest condolences to David’s wife and family. So sorry to hear of your loss.

Chris @ Possession Friend

11:16 AM, 7th February 2020, About 4 years ago

What a shock to hear this of a colleague in the campaign against the anti-Landlord establishment.
Those left will continue the fight for Landlords that David contributed to so well.
In doing so, I believe that all evil and wrongs will be overcome at some point, and that includes Shelter and that aweful 'c' word disease that everyone knows someone dear that's succumbed to it.
Thoughts are with Ludmilla and others close to David.

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