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BTL landlords concerned about the impact of inflation

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90% of landlords polled by GetGround said that they expect rising inflation to have an impact on the cost of maintaining their property investments

There is growing concern among buy-to-let landlords about the impact of rising inflation on their property investments, fresh research shows.

With some experts forecasting inflation to rise above 8% and stay there for most of 2022, 83% of landlords recently surveyed said they are ‘concerned or very concerned’ that rising inflation will adversely impact their ability to continue to invest profitably in UK rental property.

The cost of investing in property is increasing as a result of inflation, with 90% of landlords polled by GetGround, saying that they expect rising inflation to have an impact on the cost of maintaining their property investments.

More than half – 52% – of respondents expect the cost of managing their property investments to increase by 25% to 50%.

Alarmingly, 10% of them expect costs to increase by more than 50%.

Mortgage finance (52%), energy bills (52%) and insurance premiums (44%) are cited as the three aspects of property investment most likely to be impacted by inflation. Property management services are ranked fourth.

Owed to these challenges, almost a third – 29% – intend to reduce their property investment activity while inflation is high.

But when asked how they feel about property investment in the context of other so-called ‘inflation-beating’ assets, landlords remain confident.

Moubin Failzullah Khan, CEO of GetGround, commented: Despite the unprecedentedly high levels of inflation we’re expecting to see, our survey data strikingly affirms the enduring appeal of property investment.

He said: Long-term investment confidence is well founded. Property only becomes a less attractive option if investors can find a better inflation-beating return from other assets. While rental demand remains high and house building figures stay low, landlords investing in the right areas will not only have a steady stream of tenants to rent to, but will benefit from positive value growth.

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