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Top 10 cities for buy to let investment revealed by insurer

London has continued to dominate the list of the most attractive cities for buy to let investment for the second year running.

Data from some 100,000 policies from landlord insurance firm Simply Business shows that investors still view the capital as the biggest opportunity for buy-to-let properties in 2022, with over 39,000 buy-to-let insurance policies taken out in the capital.

Birmingham and Manchester remain strong for the second year in a row after taking the second and third place spots in both 2021 and 2022. 


Bristol's appeal has increased over the past year, climbing from sixth in 2021 to forth place last year, taking the place of Glasgow, which saw buy to let policies fall over the last two years. 

Other cities that found to be in highest demand from landlords include Nottingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds and Leicester, all of which also made the top 10 list in 2021. 

All of the top 10 cities for buy to let properties have at least one university, naturally drawing large demand for this type of property.

A recent report by Simply Business also found that almost half of landlords still think that letting property is still a worthwhile investment, and one in fivd landlords are planning to buy another property in 2022. 

Alan Thomas, UK CEO at Simply Business, says:The private rental sector houses over 17 per cent of British households, with landlords taking on capital risk to provide the product of housing to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. 

“Though London remains unrivalled for its demand for buy-to-let properties, we are seeing northern cities including Liverpool and Leeds come into the top 10. It is wholly encouraging that our data shows that landlords view a broad spread of regions as attractive areas to invest this year. ”


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