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More than two thirds of UK property investors believe the buy-to-let market has lost its appeal, new research from FJP Investment has revealed.

More than two thirds of UK property investors believe the buy-to-let market has lost its appeal, new research from FJP Investment has revealed.

The investment firm surveyed 1,004 UK property owners, of which 344 owned two or more investment properties. It found that 68 per cent of multiple property owners believe buy-to-let investments have become far less attractive over the past five years.
 
When delving into the reasons why, the vast majority (71 per cent) of landlords and property investors believe they have been unfairly targeted by the Government through tax reforms and new regulations since 2016. Two thirds (67 per cent) said that in the future they would consider other forms of property investment that do not incur the same taxation and complexity as buy-to-let and second home purchases.
 
Over two fifths (44 per cent) of property investors said they plan to sell one or more of their properties in 2021. However, the same number (44 per cent) stated they intend to purchase a house or flat this year.
 
Finally, when it comes to property prices, over half (55 per cent) of property investors are confident that UK house prices will rise over the coming 12 months, while 54 per cent expect prices to increase by more than 10 per cent between now and 2026.
 
Jamie Johnson, CEO of FJP Investment, says: “After years of reform and regulation, the appeal of buy-to-let investments is clearly on the wane. Tellingly, property investors are confident house prices will rise, with the added cost and complexity of investing and then letting out multiple properties meaning that people are seeking alternative forms of bricks and mortar investment.
 
“With the stamp duty holiday extended until the end of June, and the UK inching towards an end to lockdown, the next few months will be critical for the property market. Time will tell if there is indeed a mass exodus of investors from the buy-to-let sector, but this new research underlines the fact that there is far less appetite to be a landlord.”
 

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