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Revealed: best rental yield areas for buy-to-let

Almost all of the UK’s top 20 best postcodes for buy-to-let rental yields are located within close proximity to a university campus, according to new research by lettings platform, Howsy.

Using statistics from PropertyData, Howsy looked at the best buy-to-let postcodes based on 12 month’s rent divided by the average property price in the area, ranking each postcode from the highest yield available to buy-to-let landlords.

The study found that 17 out of the top 20 buy-to-let postcodes in the UK are within easy reach of a university campus.

Bradford’s BD1 is ranked the number one university investment option in the UK. Covering Bradford city centre, it is just a short walk from the University of Bradford and with the average house price in the area costing £54,938 and an average monthly rent of £468, buy-to-let landlords can secure yields of 10.2%.

Sunderland’s SR1 is the next best university postcode for property investment with yields of 9.4%, followed by Liverpool’s L7 close by to both the University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital with the postcode home tom yields of 9.3%.

The TS1 postcode close to Middlesbrough train station and Teeside University is home to yields of 9.2% and L6 also around the Royal Liverpool University Hospital is also home to yields above 9% (9.1%), with L1 close to the University of Liverpool close behind at 8.7%.

Other towns to feature with some of the highest yields for buy-to-let postcodes are Grimsby (DN31), Edinburgh (EH8), Pontypridd (CF37), Glasgow (PA3, G21, G52 & G14), Manchester (M14), Newcastle (NE6), Leeds (LS6) and Nottingham (NG1).

Calum Brannan, Founder and CEO of Howsy, commented: “It’s no coincidence that the vast majority of postcodes with the highest rental yields are found within a stone’s throw of a university campus, and for a safe bet on your investment, these are the places to look when buying.

“While students aren’t always the ideal tenants, they bring consistent demand via an annual flow of new arrivals, the void periods are generally much shorter, and the supply-demand imbalance puts the landlord in control when choosing a tenant.

“As a result, these hot pockets of buy-to-let demand offer landlords an investment option that is almost certain to provide a healthy return despite slower market conditions and uncertain times in the buy-to-let market. Couple this with Howsy’s 24/7 customer service that seems to resonate well with student tenants and their nocturnal lifestyle and you’re onto a winner.”

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