Rightmove expects buy-to-let investment to increase

Nia Williams

February 4, 2013

This is the verdict of today’s Rightmove Consumer Rental Forecast which shows that 74% of professional landlords intend to increase their rental portfolio in the next 12 months giving a much needed boost to available housing stock.

As well as existing landlords adding to the rental stock, the proportion of ‘virgin landlords’ intending to purchase a buy-to-let property for the first time in 2013 is now at 44%, its highest level for more than a year.

Miles Shipside, director and housing market analyst at Rightmove, said: “While the cavalry charge from major institutions seeking to invest in the private rented sector has so far failed to materialise, private landlords, whether accidental, virgin or professional, are perhaps enjoying the respite and seizing the opportunities that come with having the battlefield to themselves.”

The increase in landlords is likely to have a cooling effect on rental price growth much to the relief of beleaguered tenants.

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