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Most buy to let investors have shown their commitment to the buy to let investment property market for the near future.
According to a report from The Mortgage Lender, 84 per cent of landlords voiced their commitment to the buy to let market and are looking to maintain or increase the number of properties in their portfolios over the next 12 months.
The special report showing the landlord commitment to the private rental sector includes research among a panel of residential landlords. It also reveals half of all landlords agree tax changes have reduced the number of private landlords but only one per cent think that has led to an increase in quality of rental property.
The report also highlights that only one in eight landlords is seeking out specialist tax advice to help them manage their portfolios while only four in ten are using a specialist buy to let mortgage broker when organising their borrowing.
The commitment shown in the report confirms that 84 per cent of landlords are looking to maintain or increase the number of properties they have over the next 12 months. 16 per cent are looking to reduce the number of properties they have over the next 12 months.
The most common number of properties for landlords is between two and four with one in ten now using a Limited Company structure for their property investments.
Property maintenance, care of property and tenant behaviour are the top three concerns keeping landlords awake at night.
Of those landlords using a mortgage to purchase their BTL properties only 42 per cent are using a specialist BTL mortgage broker.
The Mortgage Lender deputy chief executive, Peter Beaumont, said: ‘Our special report provides an in-depth guide to the buy to let market, including landlord obligations and yields around the country. Our panel of landlords have shared their worries and opinions with us and we’ve included landlord case studies to demonstrate the depth of borrower circumstances we are dealing with on a regular basis.’