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BTL landlords contribute £16.1bn a year to UK economy, research finds

Buy-to-let landlords collectively contribute £16.1bn to the British economy through pre-tax spending, which is almost double the estimated £8.5bn a decade ago, according to a new report from Kent Reliance.

The new ‘Tracking landlords’ costs and economic contributions’ report, part of the lender’s ‘Buy to Let Britain’ research series, states that spending per property stands at £3,571 before tax or mortgage interest.

However, more than a third - 36% - of landlords are looking to cut their annual spending as rising running costs and higher taxes bite, the study by the specialist mortgage lender, which forms part of OneSavings Bank plc., shows.


Property upkeep and maintenance was the most popular area identified by 46% of landlords for potential cost cutting, followed by property improvement at 38%. Some 29% hope to cut their outlay on mortgage interest payments, while close to a quarter - 24% - of landlords hope to save on letting agent fees.

The study found that if landlords’ fees climb once the Tenant Fees Bill is introduced on 1 June 2019, we may see a greater number shop around, or consider self-managing their portfolio.

Meanwhile, one in five landlords plan to increase rents to cover the higher costs they face.

Adrian Moloney, sales director of OneSavings Bank, said: “The political discourse around the private rented sector has been one-sided to say the least. Overlooked is the significant economic contribution landlords make, supporting thousands of jobs through their spending and housing a large portion of the country’s workforce. Instead, landlords have faced punitive tax and regulatory changes, at a time when running costs are climbing. 

“Policies that increase the cost and complexity of being a landlord don’t benefit tenants; quite the opposite. Property investors will seek to protect their business’s margins, whether cutting their spending on elements like property maintenance and improvement, or raising rents. The recent reforms are also deterring new investment, especially from amateur landlords. This does little to tackle the housing market’s chronic undersupply of property.”

“Further intervention could prove counterproductive with many landlords still coming to terms with change. A heavy-handed version of rent control that prevents them from absorbing rising costs, for instance, could prove to be a tipping point leading to a dwindling supply of rental homes. However, there is a real opportunity to align longer term tenancies to fixed-term mortgage products.  This would not only provide stability within the sector but provide a platform for the private rental sector and the government to work together to create a more positive outcome in the social housing debate.”  

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    Rubbish more & more rubbish

    G romit

    Perhaps you could enlighten us all on what your research shows?


    BTL does support many building trades and businesses from cleaners to Letting agents solicitors, accountants , lock smiths etc. Its good to see the money value.
    The government is out to destroy the BTL sector so its not just the cost of homelessness landlords leaving the sector due to Section24 and continuous meddling and regs there will be a massive reduction in the above figures


    Your comment means nothing without some supporting information as to why you consider something (presumably the figures) to be rubbish.

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    • 08 March 2019 12:10 PM

    LL suffer £9 billion of losses per year.
    So offset this against £16 billion shows the PRS isn't making that much across 9 million tenancies


    Yes Paul. Every time you hear someone moaning about landlords getting a £9bn ‘subsidy’ from Housing Benefit, remind them that landlords lose £9bn a year, mainly to those in receipt of housing benefit! So actually the subsidy is to tenants spending it on other things!


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