Landlords’ portfolio appetites remain strong

There have been quite a few doom and gloom merchants over the years when it comes to the future of the buy-to-let sector. Many of these have been largely dispelled by a private rented sector which continues to grow in size, largely due to the extent of ongoing demand and in the wake of a shortage of quality rental homes across much of the UK.

However, with ongoing fiscal pressure being exerted on landlords and mortgage rates much higher than experienced over the past few years, this has led to further questions being asked over landlords’ appetites to add to their portfolios.

This is partly answered in the latest quarterly survey from Landbay which highlighted that 42% of buy-to-let landlords intend to purchase additional property in the next 12 months. Despite ongoing pressures on landlords, 79% of those intending to buy said they do not plan to sell any of their existing properties. The strongest intention came from landlords with larger portfolios, with half of all landlords with 11 or more properties planning to expand. 21% said they don’t know if they will buy more property, with most of those planning to wait and see what happens in the market.

Meanwhile, many of the 37% not intending to buy said they are content with their existing portfolio. In fact, 64% of those landlords don’t intend to sell any either.

As outlined in the commentary around this data, this demonstrates a real statement of intent among landlords to not only maintain their existing portfolios but to also expand where possible. And a wide variety of solutions are emerging for the right landlord and the right property types to help them maximise any available opportunities.


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