Over half (59.8%) of landlords are waiting for lockdown measures to ease before investing in properties, according to the National Landlord Index by Accommodation.co.uk.
The research highlights that UK landlords still see the rental market as a safe place to invest especially as the stock market has been so volatile during the pandemic.
This desire from landlords to expand their property portfolios in 2021 is reflected in the demand for buy-to-let mortgages with the index revealing that nearly two-fifths (37.8%) of landlords are planning to apply for one this year.
As the UK starts to see the benefits the vaccination has on the economy, Accommodation.co.uk says it is “clear” that landlords are optimistic that this recovery will be reflected in house prices long-term.
Aaron Short, founder and chief executive at Accommodation.co.uk, said: “We are always listening to our landlords and tenants to understand the needs of the market and this is why the National Landlord Index remains so important.
“Understanding how landlords are being impacted by lockdown measures and what their plans are post-pandemic help us to understand the future lettings market. It is great to see landlords looking to expand portfolios and generally positive about the future and this certainly mirrors the growth we have seen at Accommodation.co.uk.
“We have been at the forefront of updating this archaic industry and we believe our award-winning model offers tenants and landlords the best solution in the current market.”
This post has originally been featured in Property Wire.