Gross annual rental yields hit 17 month high

Gross annual rental yields hit 17 month high

Returns are proving resistant to rising purchase prices according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from Your Move and Reeds Rains.

The gross yield on a typical rental property in England and Wales (before taking into account factors such as void periods) is steady at 4.8% in February, the same as in January 2016. On an annual basis, this is fractionally lower than the 5.0% gross yield seen a year ago in February 2015.

Taking into account both rental income and capital growth, the average landlord in England and Wales has seen total returns of 12.7% over the twelve months to February. This is up from 11.7% in the twelve months to January – and now also represents a seventeen-month record, since total returns previously reached 12.7% in the year to September 2014.

In absolute terms this means that the average landlord in England and Wales has seen a return of £23,227 over the last twelve months, before any deductions such as property maintenance and mortgage payments. Of this, the average capital gain contributed £14,767 while rental income made up £8,460 over the twelve months to February.


Adrian Gill, director of lettings agents Your Move and Reeds Rains, commented: “Rising property prices and rising rents are two sides of the same coin. There is not enough supply of housing across the UK to match soaring demand. This is powering a sellers’ purchase market and a landlords’ rental market. Housing costs are rising, and housing wealth is rising – two very different perspectives on the same issue.

Faced with this dilemma, investment in property is a rational response, and has been proving extremely lucrative for landlords and some home-owners alike.  Building more new homes would be an even better response, and where possible is even more profitable. But it is government inaction preventing more homes being built to fill the gap – just as it is a government decision to attack those willing to navigate the risk and complexity of property investment.

Until this country builds new homes at the rate needed to match our rising population, property investment and buy-to-let activity will continue to be especially profitable. Even if that ever happens, it could take decades of sufficient home building to make up for the decades of undersupply. The only caveat is that property investment decisions are becoming more complicated thanks to the plethora of additional regulations and tax changes. These decisions will be harder to make, and the buy-to-let industry will demand a more professional approach to the business of being a landlord. But for those who already own properties, or have the capital to invest, there are opportunities to be found.”

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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 09 Dec 2017

Linking professionalism to limited company borrowing is a flawed concept. Despite S24 etc., limited companies are the most tax inefficient way of running a property business and leave borrowers seriously...

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Evelyn Attwood
Evelyn Attwood 01 Dec 2017

It's normal. If you plan to buy a house in one of the most beautiful spots in the country you should pay a high price.

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Evelyn Attwood
Evelyn Attwood 01 Dec 2017

I think that the situation will be the same at December.

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richardrawlings 01 Nov 2017

What has not been mentioned here is the effect of not only higher interest payments, but also that these payments are less likely to be offsettable as a business cost due to the scaling back of mortgage...

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Kelvin Lloyd
Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

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maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

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maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

I have recently read that the bungalows can provide social housing for elderly residents in London.

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zoe glover 05 Oct 2017

Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

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Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

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Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

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RyanGeo
RyanGeo 18 Sep 2017

A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

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