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Landlord confidence hits five-year high

The proportion of landlords feeling optimistic about different aspects of letting is at the highest level for five years.

As part of research carried out on behalf of Paragon Bank, landlords were asked to rate their expectations for rental yields, their own lettings business, capital gains, the private rental sector, and the UK financial market.  

The proportion who deemed the outlook for these measures to be either ‘good’ or ‘very good’ exceeded levels seen in Q3 2016, the survey taken just before the Brexit vote, with investor optimism consistently rising following the record low levels seen in Q1 2020.

(Source: BVA BDRC)

The survey of over 600 landlords by BVA BDRC highlighted a link between optimism and portfolio size, with landlords managing larger portfolios tending to be more upbeat about the prospects for their own lettings business - 56% of landlords with eleven or more properties felt ‘good’ or ‘very good’, falling to 46% amongst those with between one and 10 properties. 

The research also found a correlation between confidence and property purchase behaviour. A positive outlook was noted amongst almost two-thirds (63%) of those who have recently purchased a property, compared to just under half (48%) amongst all respondents. In addition, over three-quarters (78%) of landlords who plan to expand their lettings business in the next year are optimistic, whereas confidence was seen in a lower proportion, 26%, amongst those looking to divest. 

Richard Rowntree, Managing Director for Mortgages said: “Understandably, landlord confidence fell sharply in the first quarter of 2020, as the extent of the pandemic became clear.” 

“It is fantastic to see optimism bounce back and rise in the time since; it is an indication of the strength of the sector. Landlords see the sector’s issues and opportunities on a daily basis so measuring their outlook can provide useful insight for the industry and, as we see here, investor confidence can have a real impact on behaviour.”