London rental yields continue to recover following pandemic slump

Throughout the pandemic, much of the nation’s property market enjoyed a boom, with demand outstripping supply which in turn pushed up prices.

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Property Reporter
4th May 2022
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prices. However, fuelled by lockdown, the 'race for Space' saw London’s market hit by a dip in demand as people prioritised green, open space over urban living.

This, alongside a reduced need to commute to the office, created a drop in demand for rental homes in the capital.

For landlords, this fall in demand caused rental values to dip and therefore led to a fall in yields. But, as the impact of the pandemic fades, people are returning to the capital and this has resulted in an uptick in a sharp return to form for the London rental market

Research by London rental platform, Rentd, shows that London rental yields continue to rise following the pandemic slump, with southern areas providing particularly strong opportunities for buy-to-let landlords.

In the past year alone, average yields have climbed by 0.3%, from 3.3% to 3.6%. However, there are a good number of areas where yields have climbed more dramatically.

In the SE17 outcode area around Walworth, yields have increased by 1.4%, from 4% to 5.4%; and up in Hampstead Heath’s NW3 area, they’re up 1.1% from 2.9% to 4%.

In the Forest Gate area of E7, yields have increased by 1%, from 3.7%-4.7%, and the same increase applies to both SE16 and SE8.

In E9, SE4, SE5, CR4, and EN4 respectively, yields have increased by 0.9% on the year.

Ahmed Gamal, founder and CEO of Rentd, commented: “The capital’s rental market is showing a solid return to form after a slightly concerning dip in the early days of the pandemic. It was probably a little naive to think that renters would reject London in the long term. It is, after all, one of the greatest cities on earth and the opportunities it presents are unmatched in the UK.

“It’s interesting to see the south of the city enjoying much of the strongest yield growth, suggesting that, while people are still happy to live in a major city, they also want to maintain easy access to the green and coastal locations easily accessible from the south.”

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