I'm a landlord since 2004. I bought my first rental house in 2004 when I was 23.
I've 3 in total now (hopefully all paid off in 9 years time). I have survived the recession (barely) and met some amazing and crazy people since 2004.
The media has put a really negative spin on all landlords and perhaps this AMA might give a bit of balance to it all, it's far from the cashcow it's made out to be. With 55% tax on rents (ignoring the mortgage!!), they are still not worth what I paid for them...
I have had it all from a bomb being made in my house and it appearing on the news.
Tenants telling me there was a ghost in the attic and what was I going to do about it.
An overweight tenant telling me they were going to sue me as the next doors kids called her a Roly-Poly.
Tenants arguing that punch holes in walls were wear and tear.
Tenants robbing all the lightbulbs when they moved out, etc.
Happy to answer any questions you all may have.