Mr Bottomley was a landlord and letting agent who met Mike and Alma Baldwin in the Rovers about buying the Crimea Street flats. Mike had to sell when his Baldwin's Sportswear business was in trouble following the termination of a major contract with Stephen Reid's Kbec company. Mr Bottomley was interested in the deal but made it clear that he wanted them empty as his business was one of letting student accommodation. This would mean that Deirdre Rachid and Roy Cropper would lose the roof over their heads.