UK Landlords Confident about 2014

New research suggests that nearly a quarter of landlords are looking to buy more property in 2014 and are feeling bullish about the new year, after falling rent arrears and rising rents during the past 12 months.

The study conducted by online letting agent shows that the vast majority of landlords have experienced good rental yields with 59% achieving between 4 and 8%, while 25% achieved a yield of 8% or more last year.

What’s more, nearly a third of landlords are enjoying sizeable equity in their property, with a loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 20% or less and almost 60% of landlords expect to see property values continuing to increase in 2014. One blot on the horizon is interest rates and nearly half of landlords believe they will rise in the next two years.

Richard Francis, director and founder of, said: “Our research demonstrates that landlords are feeling positive about the buy-to-let market, having hopefully seen the back of restricted finance and rising rent arrears. The news that that buy-to-let lending will reach £25 billion by the end of 2014, which represents a 25% increase on lending in 2013, is an indication that the buy-to-let market is starting to grow again.

“Rents are rising across England and Wales, hitting record levels in September, with the average price paid by private tenants reaching £757 a month. With a growth is demand for quality rental accommodation from the fastest growing group of private tenants, 35 to 44-year-olds, landlords can look forward to a more profitable year ahead if they capitalise on this market opportunity.”