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Portfolio landlords upbeat with many planning new acquisitions

A large proportion of portfolio landlords - those with four or more properties - plan to expand their portfolios in the year ahead, a new survey claims.

The Handelsbanken study shows that 49 per cent of portfolio landlords intend to buy more, while eight per cent plan to invest in improving the quality of their portfolio.

Just seven per cent of landlords expect to sell some or all their portfolio, and a third are committed to retaining their current properties for the next 12 months.


Some 86 per cent of landlord respondents expect a rise in demand for residential property and 89 per cent of landlords questioned expect an increase in yields.

Nearly three-quarters said their plans to buy are focused on expanding into different parts of the property market – the most attractive are houses (66 per cent), followed by flats (38 per cent) and HMOs (34 per cent). 

Just over half of landlords on the acquisition trail said their reason for buying was simply feeling bullish about the market.

James Sproule, UK chief economist at Handelsbanken, says: “Recent house price growth shows how property has shown its resilience against economic doom and gloom and the cost-of-living squeeze. 

“Landlords are anticipating that a shortage of rental properties will help keep prices buoyant, particularly as working patterns continue to adjust to the post pandemic world and people seek to move back to big cities, particularly in popular areas such as London, which is also seen to be better placed to ride out the next series of economic challenges and opportunities.

“Landlords went through a tough period following the Covid-19 pandemic, with residential property transactions falling by more than half and business investment contracting. But the sector has survived and is now looking forward.

“The 2022-23 financial year is forecast to see a further softening in residential property transactions as vendors wait for the right buyer rather than accept any perception of loss in value.”

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    I must be a '' portfolio'' landlord then ? well as much as I would have liked to buy, and the money's there, this one isn't going to with what's in that white paper and the threat of EPC 'C' , I think it would be very foolish to be buying at present

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    I agree. I'm not buying any more but not selling either - at least until I see how all the new "reforms" pan out.

    So far in Scotland the SNP legislation has only hurt tenants and rents have increased as availability has plummeted. I suspect England will find the same and those who stick it out will be OK.

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    Me thinks the bank is trying to drum up business in a failing market !

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    As said, until all these changes in regards S21, White Paper, EPC C etc etc pans out, i would purchase nothing. I can see the rents going higher but that only really works out for me if i had 4 properties or more that were already an EPC C,if i had to spend god knows what in getting them all to a C then in the long term (coming up to retirement) if may not be such a sensible decision to keep them and upgrade them, just sell them to the FTB market and enjoy the later 3rd of my life.

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    Ha! Talk about trying to talk up a situation in an attempt to influence the outcome. I'd really like to see the sampling they used to produce the 'statistics'- remembering the old saying 'there's lies, damn lies then there's statistics'.

    Im a portfolio landlord of 42 properties now (reduced over the immediate years) and 30 years- I keep my eyes very focused on all the landlord news and influences underpinning ll decisions.

    I don't see this bunkham they report being recorded in other reports or sentiments i read.

    Yes there are people that always are late to the party and regret it- watched it for decades. My only regret is that I couldn't sell more faster before this market cools and I'm left more exposed than I'd like in this toxic business.

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    The process of being a landlord has its own life cycle. At the start you are keen and you buy properties, then at some point you start selling. For a while you might do both ie sell off some and buy something different, and eventually they will all get sold, or passed on to children. So any survey is going to pick that up and depending who responds, might give a skewed picture. Handelsbanken presumably surveyed its own customers who might not be representative of all landlords.


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