Rising rents boost buy-to-let property yields
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Falling house prices and steady or rising rents have improved yields for buy-to-let landlords on properties in England and Wales. Analysis from Hamptons International, an estate agent, found that average yields had crept up to 5.9 per cent in the last six months of 2018, having fallen every year since 2015. London showed the second biggest rise in yields of any region to 4.6 per cent, after a fall in house prices in the capital. Aneisha Beveridge, research director at Hamptons, said: “London has seen one of the biggest changes because house prices have fallen over the last year. Rental growth was pretty sluggish for half of the year then it started picking up again, whereas house prices have been on a downward trajectory.” Figures from the Office for National Statistics last week showed average house prices fell in London by 3.8 per cent in the year to February, accelerating the decline of 2.2 per cent recorded in the figures for the year to January. Across the UK, average prices rose by 0.6 per cent, the slowest increase since September 2012.