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Landlords plan rent increases to cover higher mortgage costs

  • 16/02/2023
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Landlords plan rent increases to cover higher mortgage costs
More than two-thirds of landlords (68 per cent) of landlords plan to raise their rents if their mortgage rates go up after a remortgage, a survey has found.

According to Landbay’s quarterly landlord survey, 44 per cent of those who expect to increase rents to account for higher mortgage costs in the next 12 months will raise them by six to 10 per cent. Some 70 per cent of landlords planning to put their rents up will do so for new and existing tenants. 

The survey found that 19 per cent of landlords were unsure about their plans while 13 per cent did not want to increase rent. The main reasons for not wanting to put rent up included already strong rental yields and not wanting to lose good tenants. 


‘Landlords face a rate shock’

Paul Brett (pictured), managing director, intermediaries at Landbay said: “While there’s no question mortgage rates have steadily improved in recent months, many landlords will still see a clear disparity when they come to remortgage. Much like private borrowers, landlords face a rate shock too, and for some, the only possible course of action is to pass this on to the tenant. 

“However, with many of our respondents still reporting strong rental yields, there’s hope that landlords will be less inclined to raise rent. That’s especially true for those not looking to upset loyal and trusted tenants. Nonetheless, it’s certainly a challenging time in the buy-to-let market and as part of our duty to our clients, we are always reviewing our product range and looking at ways to deliver a competitive advantage.” 

Brett added: “After all, the rental sector plays an essential role in the wider housing mix in the UK. Landlords selling properties does no good for our housing sector as a whole, especially when demand continues to outstrip supply and high mortgage rates continue to push many to rent rather than buy.” 

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