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Landlords looking to expand buy-to-let portfolios this year

Friday 09 February 2018

A new survey shows that 44 per cent of UK landlords still want to invest in buy-to-let property and are looking to expand their portfolios before the middle of 2018.

When asked what types of property they intended to purchase as part of their expansion strategy, 75 per cent said that vanilla buy-to-let would form part of the mix.

HMOs, which are known to produce the highest yields, often close to 10 per cent, were also cited as a preferred option, the property investor survey from Mortgages for Business revealed.

Steve Olejnik, chief operating officer at Mortgages for Business, said: "The results show that many landlords are more optimistic about the future of property investment than some commentators would have you believe.

"Of course, there will be some who will choose to leave the sector but this will create opportunities for those who are in it for the long term."

The number of landlords who said that they intended to reduce the size of their portfolios in the next six months as a direct result of tax changes increased from 9 per cent to 15 per cent, while the remaining 41 per cent said they would do nothing.

The survey also found that limited companies as borrowing vehicles were the popular choice for those expanding their portfolios with 58 per cent opting for this route and a further 20 per cent advising they would be purchasing both personally and via a corporate structure.

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