Landlords warned not to rely on good capital gains in UK buy to let sector

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Landlords’ confidence in capital gains has almost trebled over the last two years, according to the leading landlord association in the UK. It has risen from 18% to 52% over the last two years but the survey by the National Landlords Association (NLA) also shows that 32% of landlords say they might not be able to meet their mortgage repayments if interest rates were to rise in the near future. Despite the survey findings the NLA is talking down capital gains prospects and has warned against relying on capital gains as a primary investment strategy. The warning comes after the Financial Times recently reported the estimated capital growth of private rented housing stock to be of £177 billion over just the last five years. ‘It certainly feels like a great time to be looking at buy to let a means of additional income but you cannot simply rely on the prospect of capital gains as an investment strategy,’ said Carolyn Uphill, NLA chairman. ‘A lot is being made of capital growth but landlords must remember they are in the business of providing homes for people. It’s a risky investment and the prospect of capital gains is only realised if and when the property is sold,’ she explained. ‘With house prices levelling off and inevitable rises to interest rates as the economy improves, anyone considering investing in buy to let should think carefully before taking the plunge. This means planning for the long term and looking to sustainable yields, not hoping for a windfall in capital appreciation,’ she added. The news comes as the NLA launches the second part of its latest campaign; Rent, Risk Resolve, which aims to highlight the potential risks of rising interest rates. To accompany the campaign the NLA has produced a guide on how to prepare for rising interest rates. Continue reading →

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