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‘Exciting times ahead for UK landlords’ as investors plan to add to portfolios

With the residential property market continuing to show signs of improvement, there is renewed investor confidence in the sector,  according to research from The National Landlord Investment Show. 

A new study found that six in ten landlords who attend the buy-to-let exhibition are looking to add to their portfolios this year. 

More than half - 54% - of the buy-to-let landlords and property investors said they are planning to invest in property for a pension, while just over a quarter of respondents - 27% - identified their children’s future as the primary reason for investing in property. 


Out of the 60% of UK landlords and property investors who are looking to invest in 2020, almost three quarters - 71% - expressed a preference to invest in residential property. 

An insight into the portfolios of landlords and investors attending the show revealed that three quarters - 75% - do not own their properties within a limited company.


Additionally, an increasing number of landlords and investors are showing an interest in commercial as well as residential investment opportunities with 23% stating that they also own commercial properties in their portfolio.

Tracey Hanbury, director and co-founder of The National Landlord Investment Show, said: “What this research has shown is that contrary to other opinions within the industry there are exciting times ahead for UK landlords and property professionals. 

“There is no better time than now to engage and stay up to date with the UK’s buy-to-let market at our Landlord Investment Show.”

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    Last article I read was that landlords were quitting the market in droves - make your minds up! If you're attending a buy to let exhibition then it stands to reason you're probably thinking of investing - but maybe they just have no clue what small returns landlords get these days and the bureaucracy and maintenance issues we have to deal with all the time. This article is not representative of the sector and the headline is misleading.

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    • 13 February 2020 13:12 PM

    2000 LL have already exited the AST sector.
    Some of them may have diversified into other forms of letting though how they manage to do this with existing BTL mortgage terms and conditions beats me.
    Some will have sold up completely.
    As far as I am aware most standard BTL mortgage conditions specify letting on AST of no more than 1 year at a time.
    Some lenders have relaxed this requirement but I know of no lender that will allow a standard BTL mortgage to be used for AirBnB; SA or FHL.
    Not sure as to the viability if even possible to convert a BTL mortgage to one; if it even exists that allows this sort of change of use.

    Fools rushing in are what new entrant LL are.

    If I was starting out again no way would I do as I did.
    If I was doing so now I would in invest in one BTL house very lightly leveraged based on 1 AST or individual AST for no more than 4 single occupiers.
    I would only invest in areas where I was certain of acquiring tenants who could qualify for RGI.
    If I wasn't able to achieve this then I would simply not invest in AST lettings.
    I would also avoid investing in any Selective and Additional Licensing areas

    Perhaps FHL a better investment so as not to be subject to S24.
    I would not wish to invest as a small corporate LL due to the difficulty and expense of extracting monthly income.
    I expect the PRS for AST lettings to continue to shrink rapidly.
    Unfortunately for the bonkers rabid Guardianistas this won't generally mean LL selling up.
    LL are extremely reluctant to do this as it usually crystalises largish CGT bills.
    So they tend to adjust business model even if it means breaching BTL mortgage conditions.

    It seems Govt is coming after wealth and so many LL will be endeavouring to protect their wealth as that is the wealth that Govts go for first as it is easy to tax.
    A shrinking PRS isn't good for the economy at all when residential property is unaffordable for millions of citizens.
    Govt seems determined to preside over a shrinking PRS for AST lettings in spite of the exponential demand.
    Just doesn't seem to be any logic to bizarre Govt behaviour.

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    The Govt tried to ruin it for LL. They tried to kill property investing over the last few years BUT the smart LL are more successful and wealthier than they have ever been before! The media have changed their tune completely from BTL doom and gloom to: Why the Govt attack on BTL LL's has completely backfired! Right from the start when George Osborne (2016) announced that LL's would no longer be able to claim mortgage payments as tax deductible. Everyone was OMG what are we going to do? The smart LL's decided to set up LTD Companies so Section 24 rules do not apply. First Time Buyers were told they were going to get help but instead rents shot up and it has made LL's RICHER! LL's started to do Serviced Accommodation BUT now the Govt are unhappy that some smart LL's are doing that claiming that there are not enough properties for Tenants and rents have shot up! Same old story by the Govt, making the RICH RICHER and the POOR POORER! These are the guys who make up the rules and they are also the property investors among us. All the people who held off buying property because of BREXIT were just plain stupid. RICH or POOR, you make the choice! Get Educated!


    I have been a landlord for over 30 years and rents certainly haven't shot up in my area of Wales.
    Rents down here are much the same as they were 20 years or more ago.
    It is an affordability factor and the rental prices pretty much everywhere are low, so therefore, it is almost impossible to 'buck the market' and attempt to raise them, as it would be likely that a property would remain empty for a considerable period, if it could be rented at all without reducing the price to local market levels.
    The 'bridge factor' (abolishing tolls on the Severn Bridge) have resulted in an influx of people from Bristol and in some areas, prices of property has risen by over 35%, with no corresponding rise in rents.
    I am therefore selling a property this year and cashing in on the rise in property values.
    I would consider myself a "smart landlord". but it is impossible to ask more for a rental above the level that the market dictates.
    If you are able to do so in England, then good luck to you, but 'one size doesn't fit all'.


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