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Women increase their share of landlord investment

The landlord gender gap is closing, with women now accounting for half of private landlords in the UK.

New research by Yieldit — a service selling tenanted buy to let property — suggests that women have caught up to men and now account for 49 per cent of British landlords. 

The figure represents a marked increase from 2018, when women accounted for 40 per cent of landlords.


Martin Copeland from YieldIt says: “It’s really encouraging to see more women taking steps to become private landlords and closing the gender gap in this sector. 

“Being a private landlord was once considered to mostly be the realm of older middle class men, but our research has shown that landlord demographics are changing fast.

“Forty-nine per cent of the 500 landlords we spoke to were women, owning an average of two properties each. 

“But, while it’s really great news to see more women enter the rental market, there’s still a gap in terms of the average income. Women earn an average of £18,285 a year from their rental properties — but men bring in £21,885.”



Women were also less likely to be considering buying a further rental property in the immediate future, with 19 per cent of women and 25 per cent of men surveyed planning to buy another property in the next 12 months.

YieldIt surveyed 500 private landlords through One Poll in March 2021.

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    The Ladies also make very good letting agents.

    Daniela Provvedi

    Thanks Andrew 🙂 I bought my first property in 1990 and a few others thereafter.
    Still enjoying being a LL despite it all, and still don't regret my decision all those years ago.

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    I would take this with a pinch of salt. I am sure there are plenty of people who register property in their partners names to be tax efficient. If this is male or female it is irrelevant there will be too many people that are messing with the data to make it an accurate measure.

    **Please note this is a statistical observation and not a sexist remark.

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    What is a woman?


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