Scotland has been crowned the best place for landlords to invest as research has shown the average yield for Scottish buy-to-let properties scoops the rest of the UK.
The findings from lettings platform Howsy, published today (October 2), showed Glasgow City was the overall best place to invest in buy-to-let property with a current rental yield of 7.5 per cent.
Midlothian and East Ayrshire, both in Scotland, were close behind with rental yields of 6.8 per cent, while Scottish county West Dunbartonshire was fourth at 6.7 per cent.
The research showed Burnley and Belfast were offering yields of 6.5 per cent, while Inverclyde offered 6.4 per cent, followed by Falkirk (6.3 per cent), the Western Isles (6.2 per cent) and Clackmannanshire (6.1 per cent) to complete the top 10.
Wales fared worst among the home countries with an average yield of 3.7 per cent compared with Scotland's 5.7 per cent.
Landlords in England and Northern Ireland receive average yields of 4.1 per cent and 5.4 per cent respectively.
Chris Sykes, broker at Private Finance, said: “After years of being slammed by regulatory changes making it harder to turn a profit, choosing where to invest has never been more important for landlords.
“Generally speaking, properties further north tend to require a smaller initial investment. Glasgow, which tops Howsy’s list, has an average house price of just £135,121.
“Being a major city and university town, the area also benefits from strong rental demand so this combination of low property prices and decent regular rental income is a winning formula for investors.”
The buy-to-let market grew rapidly after the financial crisis but has since taken a beating as a number of tax and regulatory changes have hit landlords’ pockets.
Mr Sykes said mortgage repayments often represented a large chunk of landlords’ costs, so getting as low a rate as possible was important to achieve a profitable rental yield.
He said lenders were currently offering very competitive buy-to-let product rates, both as a result of the wider low-rate environment and in a bid to attract more business given the slowdown the sector has experienced in recent years so now was the right time for landlords to remortgage onto a “rock-bottom rate” to maximise their overall profits.
Founder and chief executive of Howsy, Calum Brannan, said technology had helped landlords connect with their tenants more easily which meant they were no longer restricted to investing within the local vicinity to keep tabs on their property or forced to pay large fees for an agent to do so.
He said: “This leaves them free to buy in one section of the market and invest in another to maximise their financial gain across the board.
“More accessibility via digital rental platforms now provides landlords with greater empowerment when managing their property portfolio and they can do so anytime, day or night, with greater peace of mind.”