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Only limited buy to let sell-off on the cards, latest research shows

Research by the buy to let specialist Sequre Property Investment suggests that landlords are largely undeterred by the slew of government restrictions imposed on the sector via stamp duty and stamp duty changes.

In recent years just 10 per cent of landlords have exited the sector, the research suggests, while 19 per cent say they are thinking of quitting over the next five years. 

Of that 19 per cent, most were considering selling their portfolios because of tenant-related issues rather than fiscal or government policy.


Sequre sales director Daniel Jackson says: “Investing in property remains one of the safest options you can make in this day and age and so it comes as little surprise that the majority of landlords remain confident with their investment and have no plans to exit the buy to let sector.


“It’s also interesting to see that the government has failed to intimidate the nation’s landlords, despite a consistent campaign to reduce profit margins and force them out of the sector. In fact, more landlords have decided to leave having grown tired of dealing with tenants than they have because of various government tax changes.

“So it looks as though the government will have to actually build some more homes if they wish to address the current housing crisis, rather than rely on hard-working landlords to boost the nation’s property stock levels.”

The survey was of 797 landlords, conducted last week.

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    30 % over 5 years sounds like a significant number to me!

    Most of the extra burdens placed on LLs in recent years have had fairly minor financial implications which have been passed on to the tenant via increased rent.

    When the requirement for EPC C becomes law I expect to see a flood of LLs leaving the sector as this is not a simple case of proving you are compliant and passing the cost of the proof on. It has been estimated that the average cost to bring a property up to EPC C is £7500. Even with a rent rise of £25pm that is a return time of 25 years! That is of course assuming that your property can be made EPC C for £7500. Personally I will be selling all victorian terraces and all electric only properties thereby making 7 happy families homeless. There will be more tenants fighting over fewer properties so prices for those will increase but where will the rest go? Social housing - I don't think so? Owner occupied - unlikely.

    This Govt is pushing us into a housing crisis of never before seen proportions with its eyes firmly shut!

  • Tony Egan

    Not sure who they used for this survey but it has no reflection on my views or any other landlords that I know.
    I am seriously exiting the PRS because of unfair taxes and burdens placed upon landlords.
    Perhaps the 'powers that be' should start to survey happy tenants who have landlords/ladies like @Tricia Urquhart above, my tenants and the countless good, decent and fair landlords.


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