Where are landlords at their most ‘vulnerable’?

No, the answer isn’t ‘in the bath’.

Research from Gatehouse bank has identified the top best and worst regions for landlords – the regions where they are at their most vulnerable, and it makes for some interesting reading.

The research factored in issues such as pace of market, affordability and reliability of tenants, and identified that ultimately, it looks like the north-south divide is still going strong!


The least vulnerable places to be a landlord

RankCity / TownAverage purchase priceYield (%)
1Bootle, Merseyside£100,5275.6
2Inverness£184,8494.8
3Stoke-on-Trent£145,9044.2
4Barnsley£136,4974.3
5St Helens£133,4604.3
6Telford£167,4084.0
7Dundee£154,7144.3
8Oldham£146,5114.5
9Southport£195,7964.2
10Bolton£154,7104.7


The most vulnerable places to be a landlord


RankCity / TownAverage purchase priceYield (%)
1Winchester£549,7063.1
2Cambridge£446,9382.9
3Chichester£413,3433.3
4Warwick£353,1973.0
5Reading£415,1923.4
6Woking£515,9413.6
7Watford£419,8153.2
8Chelmsford£375,3463.2
9Oxford£510,1104.2
10Guildford£571,2793.6


What our research shows is that famous northern hospitality is not a myth. It’s a great place not only to be a landlord, but also to live, with cities in the north and the Midlands performing much better across all indicators. Rental properties are let far quicker than in the south, which is no surprise when major cities like Liverpool and Manchester are within commuting distance of smaller towns like Bootle. What’s really striking is that, in the areas that performed best, rental rates were far more affordable, and this correlation underscores the symbiotic relationship between renters and landlords in areas where their investments could be deemed safest.

Charles Haresnape, the CEO at Gatehouse Bank

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