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Bristol takes top spot for buy-to-let (BTL) investors this year, according to analysis of key indicators impacting BTL desirability (including average total rent, the best short-term returns through yield and long-term return through house price growth)* .

The city is followed by Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester and Luton to complete the top five. London has been shunned by investors to an extent, dropping from third to sixth place. It seems many landlords are looking to areas with a high student population – where they can attract a greater rental yield.


In Scotland, both Edinburgh and Glasgow fall within the top 20 and are cited as ‘particularly attractive to landlords looking for short-term yields.’

Edinburgh appears to benefit from a high percentage of private renters (86%) which gives it one of the highest rental returns of all cities.

A central part of the housing market Head of Mortgage Distribution at Aldermore, Jon Cooper, commented on the findings, “Private landlords are a central part of the housing market, supporting over 4.5 million households in the UK and, as we emerge from the pandemic, landlords will need to meet the emerging demand for choice and variety from renters. With the economy opening up and EPC rating changes coming in 2025, now is a great time for landlords to talk with their broker to review where they want to take their portfolios in the future.”

Whether you’re considering getting into BTL or building up your property investment portfolio, contact us for BTL mortgage advice.

* Aldermore, Dec 2021

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