A recent survey of landlords has shown average rental yields have increased to 6% – the highest recorded in three years according to Paragon Bank who commissioned the study.
A Portsmouth landlord whose property is let through Chinneck Shaw is a great example of what is happening with the local market.
He has a two bedroom property in Fratton that he bought for £175,500 (pictured) and it is being let at a monthly rent of £925 per month – providing a rental yield of 6.32%.
Just under 900 landlords took part in the survey and the responses highlighted two key observations.
Location for the rental property is crucial. The highest average rental yields are currently achieved by those managing lettings businesses in the South West (6.7%) and North East (6.6%).
And there was a correlation between yields achieved and the size of a landlord’s property portfolio.
Rental yield is the term used to describe the return on a property investment from a rental perspective. To calculate rental yields ,you need to divide annual rent by the value of the property and then multiply the result by 100 to get a percentage return on investment.
According to the study, landlords who operate portfolios containing 20 or more properties responded saying they are able to generate average yields of 7.1%.
Property Manager Joe Rocks commented: “It is encouraging to see average yields of 6% and we are still seeing high levels of tenant demand for homes to rent.
“All this has been achieved as we journey through a pandemic and major uncertainty. This goes to show how buoyant the market is and underlines the confidence investors have in property.”