Landlords losing confidence in rental profits

Landlords are losing confidence in their ability to rely on steady rental yields, according to recent figures from the National Landlords Association (NLA).

The figures show that the proportion of landlords who are optimistic about their ability to rely on a steady rental yield has fallen 15 per cent in the past two years – down from 64 per cent in Q2 2015 to just under half (49 per cent) in Q2 2017*.

The drop-off in confidence coincides with the period since the announcement from the then Chancellor George Osborne in July 2015 that mortgage interest relief would be removed for landlords.

However, the sentiment contrasts with actual rental yields achieved across the UK, which have remained fairly stable. Over the past few years, the average yield has fluctuated around the 6 per cent mark.

Regionally, landlords in the East Midlands currently generate the highest rental yields at 6.9 per cent. By contrast, landlords in outer London generate the lowest yields at 5 per cent. A full regional breakdown can be found below.

The news comes during a time when property prices in many areas of the United Kingdom are stalling. The average price of a home rose in July by 0.3 per cent following recent declines in May, April, and March.**

Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer at the NLA, said:

“Average rental yields have remained fairly stable over the past few years, yet there is a steady increase in landlords losing confidence in their ability to make a profit from letting property.

“This perception probably exists because many will now be feeling the impact on their businesses of greater taxation and the costs of complying with regulation, which are eating away at their profits and making it harder to provide homes.

“Like any business, the increasing value of the capital assets on your balance sheet will be of little help if you are treading the fine line between profit and loss, especially if you can’t keep up your mortgage payments in the short term”.

RegionRental Yield
East of England5.7%
East Midlands6.9%
London (Central)5.3%
London (Outer)5%
North East6.1%
North West6.4%
South East5.6%
South West6.2%
West Midlands6.3%
Yorkshire and Humber5.6%

*NLA Quarterly Landlord Panel / ** Nationwide House Price Index may 2017

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