Two years ago, our research* showed that a third of landlords had suffered from poor health, including stress, over their landlord lifetime. This isn’t something that gets talked about as much as it should.
Being a landlord can be stressful. You’re on call 24/7 and expected to solve problems immediately. And when you’re under constant pressure, that stress can manifest itself physically through headaches, sleeping problems and changes to appetite.
If you find yourself feeling stressed for a long period of time, the NHS has suggestions for managing your symptoms.
At the same time, being a landlord can sometimes be lonely – portfolio landlords particularly may not have the comradery of an office environment. Some (22% in 2016*) feel too embarrassed to admit they are a landlord due to the stigma attached to the occupation.
Feeling like part of a community can help as you can get to know other landlords who may have similar experiences. If you’d like to meet some landlords in your area, keep an eye out on the NLA website for regional meetings.
** NLA Quarterly Landlord Survey Q2 2016 (777 respondents)
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