The outlook for the private rented sector (PRS)

Hidden Figures Why recent policy changes won’t stop the growth of renting Landlords are buying fewer homes. Since the introduction of the 3% stamp duty land tax (SDLT) charge in April 2016, landlords have sold 50,000 more homes than they’ve bought. Investors only made up 12.3% of purchases in 2017, compared to 16.4% in 2015. … Read more

Yield achieved by the top 10% of landlords

As house prices have risen faster than rents over the last three years, most landlords have seen their returns squeezed, but many have benefited from capital appreciation. Over the last five years the average landlord saw their yield fall by 0.8% to 5.3%. But landlords haven’t been equally squeezed.  The top 10% of landlords who … Read more

London rental growth stalls

July’s countrywide lettings index shows that rental growth slowed across every region of the country. London recorded the first annual drop in rents for six years, falling by 0.5 % over the past 12 months. . Rents in London 0.5% lower than in July 2015 . Stock surge sees the number of homes available to … Read more