Majority of landlords flexible during pandemic but will raise rents in next 12 months

New research from Market Financial Solutions has revealed that during the pandemic 65% of landlords allowed flexibility on rental payments because of the financial problems it caused to their tenants.

Property Reporter
23rd September 2021
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The bridging lender commissioned an independent survey among 512 investors and landlords, all of whom own two or more residential properties in the UK and found that, in the coming 12 months, 55% intend to increase rents. Yet the vast majority (80%) said they would be happy receiving a lower rent if it means getting a better or more long-term tenant.

MFS’ research also showed that 60% of UK property investors believe the stamp duty holiday made the property market “too chaotic”. While 38% of the investors surveyed did purchase another property between July 2020 and September 2021, a further 32% tried but failed to do so.

68% of landlords still consider buy-to-let to be an attractive investment option.

Paresh Raja, CEO of MFS, said: “The pandemic has caused huge financial disruption to consumers, businesses and investors. So, it is positive to see that a healthy majority of UK landlords have allowed their tenants flexibility in making payments during this period. It is also telling that while rent increases invariably lie ahead, there is a clear appetite among landlords to secure reliable, long-term tenants – they are willing to drop rents in order to do so.

“Our research underlines that, despite some speculation to the contrary, the buy-to-let market has lasting appeal. Tax reforms and new regulations introduced over the past five years have affected landlords as the Government has sought to gain better control over the private rental sector, but as an asset class, UK investors are evidently still gravitating towards buy-to-let properties in huge numbers.”

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