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Antony Antoniou – Luxury Property Expert

Is it still worth investing in BTL

Is it still worth investing in BTL

The Changing Landscape of Buy-to-Let Property Investments


Today, I’d like to address a common question I’ve been receiving from prospective landlords: Is it still worthwhile to invest in the buy-to-let property market given the current circumstances? In this blog post, I will delve into this topic and discuss the importance of having the right attitude, standards, and intentions when considering such investments.

The Evolving Buy-to-Let Property Market:

To begin with, the days of profiteering from the buy-to-let market have come to a temporary halt, and it’s possible this change could persist for the foreseeable future. However, this isn’t necessarily a negative development. If your goal is simply to purchase a property and sell it at the highest possible price, there are numerous properties across the country that require renovation. Instead of renting them out and causing stress and inconvenience for tenants, you could opt to flip these properties for a profit. This shift in perspective necessitates a change in the way we approach renting out properties.

The Importance of Standards:

Gone are the days when landlords could get away with renting out properties in disrepair, complete with old boilers, damp, mold, and a host of other issues. It is crucial to recognize that tenants have the right to a high-standard living environment and a home. As a responsible landlord, your duty is to maintain the property in immaculate condition to the best of your ability. While you have the right to draw an income from the property in the form of rent, tenants have the right to a comfortable and well-maintained home.

Addressing Misconceptions:

Unfortunately, the media tends to focus on a small minority of troublesome tenants, painting them as representative of the entire renting population. Similarly, a few unscrupulous and greedy landlords have perpetuated the negative image of the majority of responsible landlords. The truth is that the vast majority of landlords in the UK own only one or two buy-to-let properties, which serve as a source of income for their later years. It is disheartening to witness these landlords being driven out of the market due to a skewed perception of the industry.

The Changing Legal Landscape:

With the impending demise of Section 21 and the government’s promise of an independent legal process for landlords facing issues, it is essential for landlords to take measures to protect themselves. While the existing court system is in chaos, it is uncertain how effective the new measures will be. As a precautionary measure, I recommend making small changes to the lease agreement to safeguard your interests. Feel free to reach out if you need guidance on modifying your lease structure.

Financial Considerations:

Interest rates of around five percent serve as the threshold between profitability and loss in the buy-to-let market, considering a loan-to-value ratio of 75 percent. Keep in mind that this figure may vary depending on the region. Higher-value properties in the Southeast tend to yield lower returns, while lower-value properties in the North offer slightly higher returns. To be on the safe side, a conservative estimate of five percent interest rates and a maximum loan-to-value ratio of 60 percent is advisable.

Balancing Tenant Rights:

It is imperative to ensure that tenants’ rights to a clean, safe, and comfortable home are respected. Tenants should not be treated as commodities but rather as individuals deserving of a decent living space. Thankfully, the majority of landlords uphold these principles, maintaining long-term tenancies with reliable rent-paying tenants. There is room for positive changes that benefit both landlords and tenants.


In conclusion, while the buy-to-let property market has undergone significant changes, there are still opportunities for investment. It is crucial to approach this market with the right mindset, prioritize high standards, and be attentive to tenants’ rights. Protecting your interests through lease modifications and prudent financial considerations can help navigate the evolving landscape. Remember, positive changes are possible when we work towards improving the rental experience for both landlords and tenants. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Have a fantastic day, and I’ll see you in the next post!



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