But guess what? I’m not a complete d*ckhead. I’m not sitting in a plush gold-plated mansion counting the profits of a property empire.
I am not an ‘accidental landlord’ either. I knew what I was doing when I bought it in 2006. Would I change my mind if I could go back in time? Of course I would.
Will I sell it as soon as it breaks even (I estimate 2030, by the way) and doesn’t eat into savings? Of course I will.
My point is…the fiasco over the last two weeks surrounding Junior Minister Robert Troy may well have been justified, but the parallel narrative that all landlords are money-hungry Scrooge McDuck-type characters is a nonsense too.
Of course some landlords are. I actually know a few who should hang their head in shame. But we’re not all bad and some of us will be paying for our misguided decision (escalated by the banks I might add) for years to come.