Real Estate

Buy-to-let landlords flock to Glasgow

Glasgow has been the UK city with the biggest rise in the number of buy-to-let properties in the past year, closely followed by Nottingham, Leeds and Bristol, research from Simply Business has revealed.

In the past year there’s been a 12% increase of buy-to-let properties in the city.

Nottingham and Leeds came in second and third respectively, both with an increase of over 8%.

London, whilst being home to over 40,000 buy-to-let properties, saw the smallest growth in the number of privately let properties.

Alan Thomas, UK chief executive at Simply Business, said: “It’s heartening to see continued growth in the buy-to-let sector, with our data demonstrating that Glasgow is becoming an attractive spot for landlords to invest.

“Landlords provide housing to over five million households nationwide, but a combination of economic uncertainty, changing regulations, and rising costs meant there was no shortage of challenges facing the nation’s landlords in 2023.

“Insuring more than 450,000 landlords allows us to gain first-hand insight into the integral role they play in the housing market, plus the challenges they’re facing.

“It’s important that landlords are given the time and information they need to prepare for significant upheaval in the coming years, so they can continue to provide much-needed housing for almost five million households nationwide.”

Edinburgh, the city with the biggest growth in 2022, slipped to ninth place this year after seeing just over 5% increase. Leicester experienced a similar drop; falling from second to fifth place in the last 12 months. Meanwhile, Leeds’ position skyrocketed to third place in 2023, after failing to even make the top five places last year.

Despite the current climate, many landlords still consider rental property to be a worthwhile investment, with half (50%) saying that they would recommend investing in buy-to-let property.

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