A report from leading landlord mortgage lender, Kent Reliance, has revealed that landlord confidence in the buy to let sector is falling. Three years ago, 67% of landlords were confident about their prospects, but in the intervening years, this has fallen to 41%.
Value of PRS Rising
The value of the buy to let sector has risen in the last three years and is now worth £1.3 trillion, but tenant demand is falling. Three years ago, 39% of landlords reported an increase in tenant demand, but this figure has fallen to 27%. More landlords are reporting plans to reduce their property portfolios and many amateur landlords have already quit the sector. Many landlords are also having problems securing buy to let finance, with 25% reporting difficulties in this area.
Tough Times for UK Landlords
The report highlights some of the difficulties facing UK landlords at the moment, which is a reflection of the uncertainty facing the wider economy as a whole. Recent changes to landlord taxes and a lack of political stability are all affecting landlord confidence in the sector.