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Highest rent not always top priority for landlords - survey

New independent research among 512 landlords show how they have reacted to the pandemic.

It found that 65 per cent of landlords allowed flexibility on payments during the pandemic, and 80 per cent would accept lower rents if it meant having a better or longer-term tenant.

Some 55 per cent intend to increase rents in the coming 12 months.


Just over half intend to increase rents in the coming 12 months.

The research, by lender MFS, also suggests that 60 per cent of property investors believe the stamp duty holiday made the property market “too chaotic”. 

And 38 per cent of the investors surveyed did purchase another property between July 2020 and September 2021, a further 32 per cent tried but failed to do so.

More than two thirds of landlords still consider buy-to-let to be an attractive investment option.


MFS chief executive Paresh Raja says: “It is positive to see that a healthy majority of UK landlords have allowed their tenants flexibility in making payments during this period. It is also telling that while rent increases invariably lie ahead, there is a clear appetite among landlords to secure reliable, long-term tenants – they are willing to drop rents in order to do so.

“Our research underlines that, despite some speculation to the contrary, the buy-to-let market has lasting appeal. 

“Tax reforms and new regulations introduced over the past five years have affected landlords as the government has sought to gain better control over the private rental sector, but as an asset class, UK investors are evidently still gravitating towards buy-to-let properties in huge numbers.”

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    Regular reliable payment of rent from decent tenants is our highest priority.

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    Finding tenants that can and will pay is top of my shopping list

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    It’s not been a priority for a long time. 1)Regular no excuse payments by standing order,
    2)Keeping the property in order
    3) Good communication skills with respect
    This wins above benefit haphazard ‘change of circumstances’ payments disgusting state of property and no responses to our requests to inspect or do a gas check then text messages at 11.00pm demanding repairs now!
    I suggest to all LL’s choose your tenant wisely. It’s extremely beneficial for your pocket as well as your patience

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    Finding the right Tenant usurps a few quid in rent for a the majority of Landlords but, make no mistake, the punitive costs inflicted on Landlords year after year are hurting tenants in the pocket too.
    Something to bear in mind when the self proclaimed 'do-gooders' shoot from their hip.


    As has been said in here many times, decent tenants don't need any protection from landlords - they only need protection from the effects of rogue tenants, aided and abetted by their cronies in Shelter, Generation Rant and loony leftie politicians of all parties.

  • George Dawes

    If they’re nice AND loaded , great

    Otherwise not interested

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    HMRC article yesterday saying change of heart.
    They were 8’580 people who read it apparently, only 5 commented other than me, don’t know what percentage that is I will need to enlist the lady again to work it out. My goodness what’s wrong with you make your views know.
    Although one person was suggesting here this morning that we should be quite like house holders forgetting we are house holders as well.
    How quite can we possibly be only 5 others comments in 8’580, make some noise please before its too late, come out from hiding behind the bush and support your livelihood before it goes belly up crashing the whole economy, (think it can’t happen think on).


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