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Two-thirds of landlords say buy-to-let has lost its appeal

by LLP Editor
8th Mar 21 12:04 pm

A new independent survey of more than 340 UK-based landlords has uncovered the diminishing appeal of the buy-to-let market. It found that:

  • 68% of multiple property owners believe buy-to-let investments have become far less attractive over the past five years
  • 71% feel the Government has unfairly targeted landlords through tax reforms and new regulations
  • 44% intend to sell one or more of their properties in 2021; yet the same number (44%) plan to invest in more real estate
  • 55% of property investors are confident that UK house prices will rise over the coming 12 months
  • More than two thirds of UK property investors believe the buy-to-let market has lost its appeal, new research from FJP Investment has revealed.

The investment firm surveyed 1,004 UK property owners, of which 344 owned two or more investment properties. It found that 68% of multiple property owners believe buy-to-let investments have become far less attractive over the past five years.

When delving into the reasons why, the vast majority (71%) of landlords and property investors believe they have been unfairly targeted by the Government through tax reforms and new regulations since 2016. Two thirds (67%) said that in the future they would consider other forms of property investment that do not incur the same taxation and complexity as buy-to-let and second home purchases.

Over two fifths (44%) of property investors said they plan to sell one or more of their properties in 2021. However, the same number (44%) stated they intend to purchase a house or flat this year.

Finally, when it comes to property prices, over half (55%) of property investors are confident that UK house prices will rise over the coming 12 months, while 54% expect prices to increase by more than 10% between now and 2026.

Jamie Johnson, CEO of FJP Investment, said: “After years of reform and regulation, the appeal of buy-to-let investments is clearly on the wane. Tellingly, property investors are confident house prices will rise, with the added cost and complexity of investing and then letting out multiple properties meaning that people are seeking alternative forms of bricks and mortar investment.

“With the stamp duty holiday extended until the end of June, and the UK inching towards an end to lockdown, the next few months will be critical for the property market. Time will tell if there is indeed a mass exodus of investors from the buy-to-let sector, but this new research underlines the fact that there is far less appetite to be a landlord.”

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