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What Do Landlords Think? - direct experiences revealed

A new survey of over 1,000 landlords has revealed that just over half would consider leaving the market due to the proposed reforms in the Renters Reform Bill, which secured a Second Reading in the Commons this week. 

The Simply Business Landlord Report, compiled from a survey of 1,455 UK landlords, found that one in five landlords cited the headline measure - abolishing Section 21 evictions - as one of the most unattractive elements of the reforms. 

Tightening of rental agreements to mitigate damage caused by pets


The Bill continues to divide opinion. Whilst the proposed legislation would give landlords more licence to evict tenants committing antisocial behaviour, the introduction of a requirement for landlords to allow tenants to keep pets unless they have “good reason” proves to be particularly unpopular.

Over half (54 per cent) of landlords believe that the new legislation will increase the potential for damage to rental properties. In response, many (53 per cent) are prepared for more inspections and tightened tenancy agreements.

Hayley, landlord in Essex, says: "With regards to pets, I have always been open to having pets within reason. It depends on the tenant and what type of pet owner they are, number of pets and size, and the type of property being let. I do not believe it should be made compulsory as there are much greater factors to be taken into consideration which should ultimately be the landlord's choice.

"I have had three tenancies where pets have been allowed. Two were fantastic. One, however, ended up going from one small dog to three, including a German shepherd, and totally destroyed the property. At the time, I took it as part of being a landlord and moved on, but in today's climate it would be very hard to swallow.

"In my opinion, the government should be encouraging decent landlords into the market where there is an urgent need for circumstantial and long term tenancies."

Continued doubts around eviction powers

Under the Bill, landlords would gain stronger rights to repossess properties where tenants exhibit antisocial behaviour or repeatedly build up rent arrears. Despite this, 63 per cent anticipate challenges in the process of regaining possession of properties.

Overall, a majority (66 per cent) of landlords saw these changes becoming more costly and time-consuming to implement.

Alan Thomas, UK chief executive at Simply Business, comments: “A combination of economic uncertainty, changing regulations, and rising costs means there’s no shortage of challenges facing the nation’s landlords in 2023. The cost of living crisis has affected all corners of society, and the buy-to-let sector is no different. 

“Insuring more than 300,000 landlords allows us to gain first-hand insight into the integral role they play in the housing market, plus the challenges they’re facing. It’s important that landlords are given the time and information they need to prepare for significant upheaval in the coming years, so they can continue to provide much-needed housing for almost five million households nationwide.”

Rental property still considered a good investment

Despite the current climate, many landlords still consider rental property to be a worthwhile investment, with half (50%) saying that they would recommend investing in buy-to-let property.

Paul, a landlord in Warrington, says: "We originally invested in property as a long term savings opportunity, with a plan to either re-invest the profits into further property or to invest elsewhere. With the current financial situation, we're actually finding that we are using some of the rental income to top up our regular income to help towards childcare and other high ticket expenses, so our property investment has helped us in that regard. We were lucky in that we agreed 5 year fixed rate mortgage terms so still have a few years across all properties to hopefully ride out the interest rate increases. 

"With the above in mind, I would say that being a landlord is currently a viable financial stream and certainly has its upsides - we have managed our properties and our income stream carefully, and we have broadly seen the fruits of that labour whilst being able to provide safe, comfortable, affordable housing to our tenants. Whilst I know that at this moment in time it is more difficult to operate profitably, I still feel that investing in rental property is a sound decision."

* Read the full UK Landlord Report by Simply Business here: https://view.simplybusiness.co.uk/landlord-report/p/1 *

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    The new legislation will definitely cause a huge amount of damage in the private rental sector - destroying landlords' businesses and making many more people homeless.

    It is so obvious that loss of control of their property will lead to landlords pulling out. Labour has said that the Renters Reform legislation is a good start; it will FINISH the private rental sector in a relatively short period of time.

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    Great insight!

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    Tories start it and labour will well and truly finish it.

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    I'd say that the RRB, EPC and cost of living are the biggest hurdles for me to buy any more houses.

    I was intending to buy 1 or 2 more houses this year, but it's not going to happen.

    we dont have any mortgages on our houses, but I'm still not interested in buying any more. We can earn more money by putting it into a high interest account, so why should I risk buying any more.

    The Government dont want private landlords and are doing everything possible to push us out, creating a 2 tier system for big corporate companies and regular people.

    They will eventually succeed and push me out of the market and it will make a lot of people homeless unless they or their friends in the corporate market build more houses.

    The whole government stinks and I don't see any way out of it other than investing overseas.


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