The UK’s top buy-to-let property hotspots unveiled

Buy-to-let landlords can still expect to achieve double-digit yields when investing up north, fresh research shows.

A new survey by TotallyMoney provides both an interesting insight into the market and a useful tool for buy-to-let landlords, revealing that the north of England, and in particular Liverpool, currently offers the highest rental yields.

The research, which analysed more than 500,000 properties that were marketed for sale online in October 2017 across over 2,700 postcodes, once again reveals a clear geographical divide between the north and the south of the country with northern regions coming out on top and the South East in particular showing particularly poorly. This is illustrated by the fact that not one region in the South East features in the top 25 UK postcodes in terms of yields for investors.

Top 25 BTL HotspotsPostcodePostcode TownProperties for RentMedian Rental ValueProperties for SaleMedian Asking PriceAvg.Yield
1L7Liverpool177£1,22479£116,25912.63%
2L6Liverpool217£959133£108,89810.57%
3L15Liverpool227£1,214241£141,56610.29%
4PL4Plymouth3341,315271£155,43710.15%
5TS1Cleveland146£54181£64,50710.06%
6PR1Preston431£1,027586£122,69510.04%
7DY5Dudley53£1,14596£143,5279.57%
8NG1Nottingham79£1,258125£169,5218.91%
9BD1Bradford226£47882£64,9038.84%
10L1Kirkcaldy105£892368£124,2548.61%
11L3Liverpool167£1,035716£146,7128.47%
12NE6North East425£826229£117,8638.41%
13HD1Huddersfield127£724151£104,3948.32%
14M6Manchester130£1,03594£150,5508.25%
15LS6Leeds1128£1,48243£217,1548.19%
16S2Sheffield238£702122£104,3768.07%
17NE1North East308£1,152115£172,2258.02%
18L5Liverpool45£574145£86,2457.99%
19M14Manchester279£1,33578£200,8527.98%
20SR1Sunderland107£53932£82,1257.87%
21L8Liverpool169£841168£135,3237.45%
22CF37Cardiff128£844209£136,2677.43%
23G3Glasgow37£1,17830£192,0327.36%
24AB11Aberdeen198£76231£125,1257.30%
25NE2North East555£1,250118£205,4797.30%
25 BTL ColdspotsPostcodeTownProperties for RentMedian Rental ValueProperties for SaleMedian Asking PriceAvg.Yield
1036NW7London171£1,948309£1,010,5032.31%
1037SW8London576£2,6851185£1,403,5922.29%
1038N20London90£2,442185£1,284,8122.28%
1039BN3Brighton167£1,665313£876,1052.28%
1040N10London200£1,747222£923,2782.27%
1041NW5London184£2,088179£1,111,0652.25%
1042HD9Huddersfield35£679222£364,3102.23%
1043SO41Southampton47£1,286350£695,6352.21%
1044HP23Hemel Hempstead35£1,092138£593,3002.20%
1045EN6Enfield75£1,304320£710,5372.20%
1046SL8Slough35£1,42552£778,2362.19%
1047KT20Kingston upon Thames32£1,702189£967,3972.11%
1048HA6Harrow129£1,736190£987,8102.10%
1049GL53Gloucester40£87755£516,8422.03%
1050LS18Leeds42£51245£302,0862.03%
1051BR7Bromley31£1,414132£854,1601.98%
1052B15Birmingham83£96375£587,6831.96%
1053NW11London498£2,456282£1,523,5341.93%
1054EX8Exeter38£717139£448,7741.91%
1055SL1Slough381£1,071499£674,3621.90%
1056BH14Bournemouth81£1,293229£831,0351.86%
1057N6London172£2,899197£1,971,8221.76%
1058B70Birmingham52£63382£450,6391.68%
1059N2London230£3,702186£2,994,3171.48%
1060BH13Bournemouth72£1,714202£1,456,5391.41%

Joe Gardiner, head of brand and communications at TotallyMoney, said: “Realising a decent return on a buy-to-let rental property is becoming increasingly difficult. Property prices continue to rise steadily, albeit more slowly, and rule changes have made lenders more cautious.

“Prospective landlords need to go into property investment armed with the facts: they need to be on top of their credit report, compare the market for the best buy-to-let mortgage rates and focus on property investment in areas that can give them the highest yield.

“The buy-to-let hotspots postcode map pinpoints postcodes and gives landlords a solid steer towards the opportunities that university city student lets offer.”


Written by: Houseladder