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Landlord confidence still rock bottom according to yet another survey

Another survey of private landlords show a majority feeling less confident about the market than they were three months ago.

Last week the National Landlords Association’s survey suggested landlords were losing confidence and now rival body the Residential Landlords Association says much the same thing.

The RLA study indicates that the gap between the percentage of landlords planning to sell properties and those planning to buy has risen seven fold in the last two years from four per cent to 21 per cent.

Confidence is at its lowest in London and Wales and highest in the West Midlands followed by the North East and Yorkshire and The Humber.

The figures, which are contained in the Residential Landlords Association’s latest Confidence Index, show that in the third quarter of 2019, no fewer than 55.1 per cent of private landlords are less confident about the market.

A third, 34 per cent, of landlords are planning to sell property over the next year compared with 22 per cent two years ago. Just 13 per cent plan to purchase at least one property to rent out compared with 18 per cent two years ago.

The chief reasons given by landlords for the loss of confidence and causing them to sell up are recent tax changes which are adding to increased costs.

RLA policy director David Smith says: “We warned the government that the tax increases they have imposed on landlords would be counter-productive and these figures show how right we were. All they are achieving is driving landlords to leave the market, damage investment and so making it more difficult for tenants to find somewhere suitable to live.

“Whoever is in government following the election needs to completely change the approach and start to support good landlords to encourage them to invest to meet the rising demand for rented housing.”

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