Normal people spend months agonising over the biggest purchase in their life - a house. But
In the early 1990s they were maths teachers at a comprehensive in Blackheath, and the switch into property speculation happened almost by accident when a house down their road came up for auction. They bid pounds 98,000, rented it out, then used the equity from fast-rising house prices as the security to take on more and more loans.
It was an empire built on a new phenomenon in the late 1990s - the willingness of lenders to advance billions in buy-to-let loans - but it almost toppled when
The tenants thrown out because they fell on to housing benefit won't shed tears at their departure. Through 2013, the Wilsons issued 200 eviction notices to individuals on housing benefit, prompting outrage and calls for reform of letting laws. But
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