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Growing number of English landlords investing in Scotland’s BTL sector

There has been a notable rise in the number of English landlords investing in Scotland’s buy-to-let sector thanks to cheaper property prices north of the border, along with tax reliefs and higher yields, according to Touchstone.

Research by the property training firm found that 78% of its clients believe the best buy-to-let investment opportunities currently exist in Scotland.

In contrast, half of respondents - 50% - said they intend to target London’s buy-to-let market, while 53% opted for the South East and 49% for the South West of England.


Touchstone identified increasing rental yields north of the border as a primary reason as to why more people are investing in Scotland’s housing market.

The average rental yield returned to investors with property in Scotland has increased for the first time since March 2017, Your Move Scotland has found.

Fresh data from the letting agency reveals that the average rental property north of the border generated a return of 4.7% for its owners in March, higher than the 4.6% recorded a month earlier.

Consequently, landlord returns in Scotland are now at a six-month high. This is in contrast to England and Wales, where yields have held steady at an average of 4.3%.

Touchstone’s chief executive, Paul Smith, commented: “Central Scotland is now the focus of a great deal of activity. Edinburgh has always provided consistent returns, but Glasgow is now the city that’s setting the pace.

“There’s a great deal of excitement about its growing tech, creative and financial services sectors which are attracting young, affluent workers from elsewhere in the country.

“The main exception in Scotland is, of course, Aberdeen whose property market continues to be negatively affected by the downturn in the oil and gas industries.”

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Poll: Is now a good time to invest in Scotland’s buy-to-let sector?


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    I spend many holidays in Scotland and think its a lovely place and the Scottish people are good fun to be with. But I would not trust the SNP and their policies (just look at windturbines) so will stay South of the Border


    What about windturbines? The sooner we're able to wean ourselves off of energy/fuel imports , especially those coming from the middle east, the better!


    Wind turbines cost more to run than the energy they produce

  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    WHAT !!! - have you heard of Scotland proposal for Rent capping ?

    Just wait until the MHCLG sheep follow Scotland's abolishment of Sec 21 and there'll be higher yields in England when rents rocket due to shortages of housing.

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    • 21 May 2019 09:56 AM

    Wild horses couldn't drag me to invest in the AST market in Scotland.
    FHL and SA a different situation.
    The Scottish PRT is enough to put any LL off.
    If that is adopted in England then many LL will sell up.
    We don't want stupid Socialist SNP policies in England.
    The Scottish non-AST market is a totally different proposition and is worth investing in.
    Scotland has admirable tourist qualities and that is the market worth investing in.
    Forget the AST market or in Scotland the PRT market!!

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    • 21 May 2019 10:28 AM

    Or what the UK could do is dig up the 300 years supply of Coal that exists.
    Plus fracking as much as possible.
    No such thing as man made climate change.
    Coal powered power stations do not change the climate.
    The UK should dig up as much of its fossil fuel reserves as possible and use them.


    Totally agree, be dependant on no one


    I agree that fracking should be encouraged and renewables subjected to rigorous scrutiny, but man made climate change is a proven fact. It's a pity that the Greens don't understand enough science to realise that nuclear power and fracked hydrocarbons are actually greener than current renewable technologies.

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    What and he held to account by that little twit NS, please please who ever writes some of the crap get real, you are talking to professional LL, not dimwits


    I totally agree but I am locked into the Scottish buy to let market with a huge CGT bill if I sold up. However the SNP war on landlords has hit tenants hard with one flat that 10 years ago got £700 per month now getting £2100 per month, with 17 groups viewing it recently. After about 15 years of reasonable capital growth but minimal rental increases, capital growth has stalled due to the huge LBTT (our stamp duty) bills but the shortage of rental properties has caused rents for the best properties to soar. I can't stand the SNP but love how well their loony policies have helped their most sworn enemies, the private landlords. I bet most of Generation Rent will still blindly vote for them oblivious to the real reasons why they can't get on the housing ladder.

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    • 21 May 2019 14:56 PM

    Man made clmate change is simply NOT a proven fact.
    There is climate change just as there has always been..
    Nothing to do with man.


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