Snapshot: Renting out premises has long-term appeal

Many retail investors seek predictable income returns, continuous liquidity, inflation protection and prospects for capital growth. In long income commercial property investing, income of 4 per cent per year with potential capital growth is feasible and significantly in excess of that available from asset classes such as gilts. A sector that was once the preserve of institutional investors has become an attractive option for financial advisers and their clients.

Nigel Ashfield is managing director of Time Investments