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Up to 380,000 landlords plan to offload buy to let property

A significant number of homes suitable for first time buyers could flood the market over the months ahead as new figures show approximately 380,000 landlords (19%) intend to let go of property in the coming year.

The data, from the National Landlords Association (NLA), indicates that 45% of landlords who plan to sell are looking to offload individual flats, with a third (33%) looking to sell terraced homes – both typically attractive options for those taking their first steps on the property ladder.

Significantly, just 7% of landlords who plan to sell say they intend to sell to other landlords, signalling renewed hope for many first time buyers and homeowners looking to progress up the property ladder.

Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Landlords Association, commented:

“These findings sound like positive news for potential new homeowners, but the reality is not everyone wants, or is in a position financially, to buy.

“In fact, if all these homes are sold as planned then it will lead to a significant fall in the supply of property available to those who choose to rent, or have no other option but to rent”.

The NLA has produced a video and discussion paper, The Hustle For Homes, about the relationship between landlords and first time buyers in the market.

Mr Lambert added:

“Everyone seems to have a gut instinct about the extent to which they feel landlords and first time buyers compete for homes in the UK, but homeownership is a highly emotive issue so the facts are often overlooked.

“There’s certainly no denying that competition exists, but the significant barriers to home ownership are more likely to be the high cost of a deposit or ability to access mortgage finance.

“With our new video and discussion paper we hope to provide more of an accurate picture of these issues, and importantly we want to focus the debate on what can be done to ensure that everyone has a roof over their head – regardless of whether they rent or own”.


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