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Number of buy-to-let investors has increased, HMRC data reveals

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Despite predictions that potential investors would be deterred from investing in buy-to-let and landlords would sell up and exit the market, research shows the number of buy-to-let investors in the UK has increased over the last tax year.

According to data from HMRC, the number of buy-to-let investors increased to 2.5 million in the tax year 2017/18, which is an increase of 5% on the 2016/17 tax year.  

The data shows that, regardless of multiple tax and regulation changes affecting the buy-to-let sector, landlords and investors have not been deterred.  

There is also a reported rise in the number of properties each landlord owns, with this rising five years in a row.  

Property remains a preferred form of investment, with the stock market often viewed as volatile and unstable. Continuing low interest rates have also contributed to a preference for property.   

However, there is a growing need for lenders to meet the diverse requirements of borrowers, and for greater flexibility in the buy-to-let mortgage market.  

Landlords in London and elsewhere in the UK are now subject to more regulation and taxation, but for landlords who seek advice and take a strategic, pragmatic approach, buy-to-let can still prove a good investment.  

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Neil Jennings

Neil background is in marketing and business development and has over 20 years experience in the field. He runs Asset Grove and is involved in the marketing strategy for most of our campaigns.

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