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Investors guide

The financial and political stability that London enjoys has translated into a property market that rewards forward planning and a willingness to look beyond areas of traditional affluence. Renting out your London buy-to-let property can augment a pension, provide a secure base for your child’s studies or springboard a lucrative portfolio. Whatever your investment goals are - preparation is key.

  • Set short- and long-term goals based on how much rental yield will be required and be prepared to revise and reassess.
  • Thoroughly research the location with a special emphasis on fringe areas that may be valued lower than their better-known neighbours. Rental yields of around 5% are still attainable in certain London Underground zones. See here for more information.
  • Ensure that your target property appeals to young professionals. This is a demographic that ensures maximum income and low voids. In return, they expect top notch amenities and proximity to transport links should then rank high on your list of priorities when purchasing a buy-to-let home.
  • Finding and vetting suitable tenants is a job ideally left to the professionals. Working with an established letting agent with local knowledge and experience of property legislation will give you the best chance of success.

  • You may think that managing the property yourself is an easy option, but are these savings justifiable when you run into legal red tape and tenant relations hassles? A Propertymark accredited agent provides you with peace-of-mind and leaves you time to plan your next move in London’s rentals market.

Investing in London property is first and foremost a business endeavour which, like all businesses, involves extensive research and planning. Done successfully, it provides the secure knowledge that your money is working harder than it would in a bank and that future generations will be left with an inheritance that is likely to have substantially increased by the time they grow up.

We are always happy to advise on buying a rental property, we’ve been letting properties in London for 60+ years so please feel free to contact any of our London letting offices where our experienced staff will be able to help.

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