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Buy-To-Let Investors Need To Plan Ahead

Buy-To-Let Investors Need To Plan Ahead

Newspaper headlines last weekend suggested that PRS rents are expected to soar 18% over five years with property investors able to secure an annual 8% return by putting their cash into buy-to-let property.

Apparently according to newspaper reports, rents in London are scheduled to increase even more (up to 26% in 5 years) due to demand by younger people unable to get on to the property ladder.

It has always been true that by putting your money into property, you will be assured of a great rental yield destined only to increase and as we know property market is cyclical and property values will eventually go back up.

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Home rental costs still rising, says LSL

The average cost of renting a Private Rental Sector (PRS) property is now 3.4% more than it was 12 months ago, according to a new survey.

Rents Reach Record High and Continue to Rise

UK Rents Reach Record High and Continue to Rise

The cost of renting a property in England and Wales reached another new record high in October 2012, with typical PRS rents averaging £744 (GBP) a month, up 0.4% on September.

October’s increase is the seventh consecutive month of overall rent rises, with the biggest increases being in London – up 0.9% and the South East of England – up 0.7%.

However, it wasn’t all good news for landlords as five areas saw average PRS property rental prices fall, with the biggest decrease being in the East Midlands – down 1.8%.

The survey by LSL Property Services suggested that the pace of PRS rent rise’s has slowed and that the heat had come out of the rental market as the quieter season for new tenants approached.

David Newnes, LSL Director, said “A combination of improved buyer activity and a seasonal slowdown has taken some of the heat out of the rental market as it enters the traditionally quieter final months of the year. However, despite the deceleration, the fact that monthly rents rose by twice the rate seen a year ago points to the underlying strength of tenant demand for PRS property.”

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Despite the economic downturn still affecting the country’s economy during 2011, private rental sector landlords witnessed increasing rental yields in all parts of the UK.

Monthly Buy To Let property rents increased by 4.8% in 2011, giving property investors a rental yield of 6.1%.

The average monthly private rented sector (PRS) residential property rent climbed up from £682 in 2010 to £716 in 2011.

Figures from BM Solutions (part of Lloyds Banking Group), show that in East Anglia residential property rents increased by 8%.

In the North of England rents were up by 6.9% but property rents in Greater London saw slower growth and only increased by 5.6%, although the average residential property rent in London ended the year 69% higher than the national average at £1,212 per calendar month.

The areas with the lowest average PRS residential property rents in the UK during 2011 were:

  • Wales – £474
  • The North – £488
  • Yorkshire & Humber – £488

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