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Buy-to-let landlords report on steady quarter

7th November 2014 Print

The latest landlord research from buy-to-let mortgage lender Paragon Mortgages shows that landlords are still experiencing high levels of demand during the third quarter.

The Private Rented Sector Trends survey, which the specialist lender has been running for the past 13 years, tracks landlord confidence and their views on the wider buy-to-let market.

During the third quarter 41% of landlords surveyed said tenant demand was growing or booming, however just over half (51%) said in their view demand was stable. Just 3% of landlords described tenant demand as declining.

Looking ahead, 61% of landlords felt that the level of tenant arrears would remain stable over the next 12 months. In comparison 12% of landlords stated that in their view tenant arrears would increase and 8% expect a decrease.

Landlords were also asked what the most important factor is when they are looking for new buy-to-let mortgage finance. Interest rates remained the most important, having been top of the list for the past 12 months, followed by average loan-to-value and product fee.

John Heron, Director of Mortgages, said: “Our latest survey of landlords reveals that that the past quarter has been a stable and steady one, with just over a third of landlords saying they feel more optimistic about the prospects for their rental portfolios.

“At this point in the year, we can usually gauge how the wider buy-to-let market has performed and what likely lending volumes for the calendar year will be. Last year, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) reported total buy-to-let lending for 2013 as £20.7 billion.

“Current thinking is that gross buy-to-let lending this year will be around the £25 billion mark, which represents a healthy increase over 2013 - but there has been some evidence that the rate of growth has slowed as the year has progressed.”