Last year we attended the National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham, where we spoke to potential franchisees about what we offer. This year, we’re heading to the Northern Franchise Exhibition to share our latest franchise opportunities alongside hundreds of other approved franchise brands.

Here’s what to expect from the event and a little more on what a franchise with No Letting Go involves.

 

What is Franchising?

Firstly, let’s define the meaning of franchising.

Franchising is the process of purchasing a ready-made start-up from an existing company and operating the business under the name of the established company.

This helps companies expand, as well as providing the franchisee with essential training and experience of running a business.

 

The Benefits of Franchising

Purchasing a franchise gives franchisees added support and peace of mind when it comes to operating their own business.

With the backing of an established brand behind them, new business owners are equipped with expert knowledge and a recognised name from the get-go.

In addition, most franchises offer initial and ongoing training to help secure success.

 

The Northern Franchise Exhibition 2019

The Northern Franchise Exhibition is being held at EventCity Manchester on the 21-22 June 2019.

If you’re looking to invest in a franchise, or considering franchising your business, this event is a fantastic way of accessing insider industry knowledge. With a huge variety of franchise opportunities on offer, there is something to suit every need.

This event is a BFA supported franchise exhibition. As a partner of the British Franchise Association (BFA), you know that all the franchise opportunities listed are fully accredited.

The event gathers together leading franchise brands for two days of presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions to help those looking for franchise opportunities in the UK.

This year, No Letting Go will be exhibiting to showcase our exciting franchise opportunities currently on offer.

Keen to attend and meet us in person? Visit our stand where our team will be happy to answer all your questions and give you an insight into what it means to be one of our franchisees.

We’re pleased to offer free tickets  from the official website. Just use the promotion code KIT1.

 

A Franchise with No Letting Go

We have over 50 property franchises across the UK, and we’re always looking to expand. A franchise with us means you could be providing your local area with our professional property services, including inventory management and reports.

The great thing about starting a franchise with No Letting Go, is that you don’t need any specialised industry experience or qualifications. All we ask for is your time and commitment. We run a highly accessible scheme, with franchisees from all walks of life heading up our UK offices.

 

The Training Academy

If you start a franchise with us, you will receive access to an ongoing training programme which covers how to conduct reports, inventories, use our Kaptur software and perfect your sales and marketing techniques.

As well as day-to-day training, we also provide help with business strategy and expansion to ensure you have all the tools needed for long-term success.

 

How to Start a No Letting Go Franchise

If you’re interested in becoming a No Letting Go Franchisee, and joining our team of successful business owners, here’s how the process goes;

  • We’ll start with an informal chat over the phone.
  • We can then meet up to get to know you and explain the funding options available.
  • The next step is to put you in contact with an existing franchisee so you can get an insight into what a franchise with us is like.
  • We’ll then review your financial projection and make a decision.

Finally, you will receive your training pack, ready to get started!

 

Become a No Letting Go Franchisee

No Letting Go is a leading inventory management company for letting agents, landlords and property professionals. We provide unbiased property reports, checks and check in/check out services for our clients across the UK.

If you’re looking for a franchise opportunity with high income, a quick return on investment, and low set-up costs, then get in touch via our property franchise page.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission have recently revealed that 93% out of 8.5 million rental homes in the UK are not fit for disabled access, leaving at least 365,000 disabled people in unsuitable accommodation.

There is a pressing need for more accessible rental properties across the UK and the government is cracking down on landlords who do not make the necessary changes. However, this does mean that there is a large number of disabled tenants looking for appropriate housing.

From entry ramps to chair lifts, there are many ways to adapt a property for disabled access. Adapting a home and renting to disabled tenants could even open your property up to a wider range of potential renters.

Here, we look at ways to adapt your rental property so you can welcome a new target tenant group to your portfolio.

 

UK Rights for Disabled Tenants

Before you start thinking about adapting your property, it’s important to be aware of disabled people’s rights in the UK.

The Equality Act 2010 set out ways to protect people in society, including the rental sector.

According to the Act, a person has a disability if;

  • The person has a physical or mental impairment, and
  • This impairment has a substantial, long-term effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Now, let’s look at your responsibilities as a property professional.

 

Laws for Private Landlords and Letting Agents

It is against the law for a landlord to discriminate against a disabled tenant. For example, as a landlord, letting or estate agent it is illegal to;

  • Refuse to rent to a disabled person because of their disability
  • Refuse to allow a guide dog or assistance dog under the no pets rule
  • Charge higher rent or deposit to disabled tenants
  • Refuse access to additional facilities that are available to other tenants (e.g. laundry room or parking space)
  • Evict a tenant due to disability or illness
  • Give tenants a less secure tenancy agreement

If a tenant feels they are being discriminated against, they could talk to Citizens advice or the EHRC and you could experience serious repercussions.

 

Landlord Responsibilities when Renting to Disabled Tenants

When renting to a disabled tenant, you are responsible for providing necessary, reasonable adaptations to make your property accessible and suitable to their individual needs. This can include additional services or equipment known as ‘auxiliary aids’.

Auxiliary aids can include;

  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Written documents and signs in Braille
  • Accessible door handles
  • Accessible taps
  • Special furnishings (e.g. raised toilet seat)

Refusing these changes could mean you’re breaking the law.

 

How to Adapt Your Property for Disabled Tenants

When renting to a disabled tenant, it’s likely you will need to make some changes to your property in order to make it accessible. These changes very much depend on the individual needs and requirements of the tenant.

Here are some of the ways you may be required to alter your rental property;

 

Installing Access Ramps

If your tenant uses a wheelchair or mobility scooter and your property has steps up to the entrance or between rooms, you may need to install access ramps at entrances.

 

Installing Chair Lifts and Railings

For multi-story homes, chair lifts and railings may be required for less able tenants. Railings may also be needed in bathrooms.

 

Fitting Accessible Kitchen and Bathroom Facilities

Wheelchair users may need lower kitchen and bathroom facilities which are accessible at chair height. Bathrooms may require a wet room and accessible toilets.

 

Widening Doors

Doors and entrance ways may need to be widened to allow for safe wheelchair access. (Usually 750mm)

 

Raised Plugs and Features

Features such as plugs and light fixtures will need to be accessible to your tenant(s).

 

Ground Floor Level Access

Some disabled tenants will require ground floor level access. You will need to provide a bathroom, bedroom and kitchen at ground level.

 

Unrestricted Parking

Your tenant may need access to a parking space which is easily accessible from the property.

 

Written Signs and Documents in Braille

Visually impaired tenants may require all tenancy documents and signs throughout the home to be provided in Braille. This includes features such as fire safety notices. Tenants with learning disabilities may ask for documents provided in alternative formats.

 

Covering the Costs of Adapting a Property

You may be thinking about the cost of these changes and how you’re going to cover them.

It’s true that some of these adaptations involve significant work, costing around £20,000 to adapt a standard property.

However, there are ways to help cover the costs;

 

Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG)

Landlords and tenant alike can apply for a disabled facilities grant which provides funds for adaptations. This grant is supplied by the local council and is subject to an eligibility test where an occupational therapist will assess the property and the adaptations needed before making a decision.

The amount you receive depends on the changes needed, but sums of up to £25,000 can be granted.

To apply, contact your local council.

Remember, if you fail to make the necessary changes, it could cost you a whole lot more in legal costs if the case goes to court!

 

A Helping Hand from No Letting Go

While this information may appear daunting at first, No Letting Go are on hand to help;

  • For example, our 360 Virtual Tour and Photography service allows potential tenants to view your property from any location- solving accessibility issues for many disabled tenants.
  • Providing a safe, comfortable and accessible home is particularly important when renting to disabled tenants. All of our property services are designed to streamline your workload and ensure your property is fully compliant with current health, safety and legal regulations.
  • Once you’ve made these adaptations to your rental property, it’s important to protect your investment. Our professional inventory service helps to safeguard your property by providing evidence of the condition of your property at the start and end of the tenancy.

Discover the rest of our property management services to find out how we could help.

High tenant demand means buy to lets can offer a lucrative investment for prospective and professional landlords. However, changing terms to tax relief on buy to let mortgages and rising interest rates require landlords to think carefully about the risks and rewards of entering into one.

If you’re considering a buy to let (BTL) mortgage, it’s important you understand the differences between a BTL mortgage and a residential mortgage and the different types available to you.

Having all the information available is one way to make a secure decision. That’s why we’ve created this guide on buy to let mortgages so you can make the right choice for you.

What is a Buy to Let Mortgage?

Put simply, a buy to let mortgage is a loan specifically designed for landlords looking to buy property to rent.

Buy to let mortgages are viewed as higher risk by lenders, meaning there can be higher fees, deposits and interest rates than residential mortgages.

But don’t let that put you off completely!

Can Anyone Get a Buy to Let Mortgage?

If you’re looking to buy property in order to rent it to other parties, it’s likely you’ll need to make a BTL mortgage application.

There are certain criteria you need to meet in order to be considered.

You are eligible for a BTL mortgage if:

  • You are looking to invest in residential property (this includes houses and flats)
  • You have the financial stability to repay the mortgage
  • You own your own home (either with a previous mortgage or outright)
  • You have a good credit rating
  • You earn over £25,000 per annum
  • You are below a certain age. (Most lenders have stipulations regarding the age you are when your mortgage ends which is usually between 70-75 maximum)

How do Buy to Let Mortgages Work?

BTL mortgages aren’t too different from regular mortgages, which, as a homeowner, you’ll be very familiar with.

There are, however, some variations it’s important to be aware of:

  • Fees and interest rates are a lot higher than residential mortgages
  • The deposit is around 25% of the property’s value as a minimum
  • BTL mortgages tend to be interest only, rather than requiring monthly repayments. This means that the loan is to be paid in full at the end of the mortgage term.
  • Most buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). However, if you are letting the property to a family member, this will be considered as a consumer buy to let mortgage and will be subject to the same regulations as a regular residential mortgage.

Types of Buy to Let Mortgages

Buy to let mortgage deals can differ depending on which lender you go with.

Interest rates will all depend on the amount of money you borrow and how much rental income you receive.

It will also be affected by the type of buy to let mortgage you choose:

Tracker BTL Mortgage

If you opt for a tracker mortgage, your monthly repayments are subject to change each month depending on interest rates. This is great news if rates decrease, but not so good if they increase dramatically.

Discounted Variable Mortgage

A discounted variable mortgage is a mortgage deal with an interest rate set around 2% below the SVR (standard variable rate). These deals usually last around two years. The rate is still subject to change dependant on the SVR, but the discount will stay in place for the agreed time.

Multiple Year Fixed Rate Mortgage

A fixed-rate mortgage will keep your repayments low and stable for two to five years. Different mortgage providers offer different deals, so it’s worth shopping around. Just make sure to check what the rate will increase to at the end of the fixed period.

How to Get a Buy to Let Mortgage

Now you know the basics, it’s time to find out how to apply for a BTL mortgage and where to look.

Most large banks loan BTL mortgages, and a mortgage broker can help you decide which mortgage deal makes the most sense for your needs and purposes.

Another place to look when searching for the best mortgage rates is a reputable price comparison website.

Here are some reliable sites to use:

It’s worth checking a few comparison sites to get the bigger picture before making a decision. And don’t forget to read the small print for hidden fees and extra charges!

How Much Can I Borrow?

A couple counting penniesYour borrowing limit is connected to your rental income. This is called a loan-to-value, or LTV amount, which is worked out as a percentage of the property value. An LTV for BTL mortgages is usually around 90%- 95% rather than 100% for residential mortgages.

This means that your loan is likely to be lower, due to the perceived high risk factor.

Because of this, it’s recommended that you charge around 25%- 30% more for rent than your mortgage payment.

Local property agents or websites can help you get an idea of the amount of rent you can charge in your desired area.

Despite lower borrowing amounts and a larger deposit, the average buy to let purchase price is actually lower than for a residential property.

Tax on Buy to Let Mortgages

Keep in mind that there will be other outgoings to consider when deciding if you can afford a BTL mortgage.

Income tax, capital gains tax, landlord fees, landlord insurance, and letting agent fees all need to be considered.

With changing terms to tax relief on buy to let mortgages it’s important to keep track.

The new regulations mean that landlords can no longer claim all their mortgage interest against income tax on rent. The amount of interest deductible is being reduced by 25% a year until 2020, when it will become a 20% tax credit on the mortgage interest paid.

This change has the potential to raise some landlords up a tax bracket.

Plan for all Circumstances

As you know, applying for a mortgage is a not a decision to be taken lightly as the responsibilities are a long-term commitment.

To protect your financial security, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place for different eventualities.

For example, it’s not uncommon for a rental property to experience void periods in which no rent is coming in. Or, at some point or another, a pipe might burst, or a roof might need urgent repair. As a responsible landlord, you need to be able to provide effective and timely repairs.

To protect yourself from this burden, making a savings plan is vital. Ensure you are saving as much as possible when you have full paying tenants to avoid any stressful situations in the future. This should happen before making an offer on a house.

Tip: Don’t rely on selling the property to pay the mortgage off! If house prices fall, and you don’t have a backup plan, you’re in serious trouble.

Protect Your Buy to Let Investment

While applying for a mortgage is always a risk, once you have all the information at your fingertips, you can make a better informed decision.

One way to help guarantee the safety of your property investment is to ensure you are fulfilling all your duties and requirements as a landlord.

No Letting Go offer a wide range of property management services including professional unbiased inventories, safety assessments and maintenance reports to help you protect your investment.

Browse our full list of services to find out how we can help.

Thinking of converting commercial property to residential?

While renting out a property this way has its clear advantages, there’s a lot to consider. Ensure you’ve thought every detail through before you decide to go ahead.

Unsure where to start? Here’s a handy guide for landlords considering this path.

What to Consider When Changing Commercial Property to Residential

First things first, you need to decide whether this conversion is feasible for you at this time.

The Type of Property

There are many kinds of commercial building, from office to retail. Some of these may be easier to convert than others – so it’s vital you look into the specific details.

Class J allows developers a lot more freedom, however there are still some exemptions and restraints. Ensure you’re aware of these from the start.

Building Conversion Costs

While you’re not starting from scratch, it’s important to note that the cost of converting the existing building could be considerable.

Particularly if the building requires significant structural work, it might be more costly than expected.

Are you prepared for this?

Planning Permission Commercial to Residential

While it’s not always the case, you may require planning permission before going ahead with any work. Even if the building falls within Class J guidelines, you may still need permission.

Particularly if you plan on knocking down walls, for example, you may need to prepare for this extra expense.

Local Planning Laws

You may need to speak to the local planning authority, or local council, before going ahead with any work.

Location

Bear in mind that the location of commercial properties might not be ideal for residents.

Consider:

  • Transport links
  • Local amenities
  • Nearby schools
  • Parking
  • Noise pollution
  • Access for developers

Ask yourself, ‘Can you live in your commercial building?’ If the answer is no, it’s unlikely it will appeal to tenants either.

More and more people are choosing to rent over buy, but location can make or break this. Particularly if you’re trying to encourage a long-term tenancy, the area is everything. Tenants will only want to lay their roots in your property if they like their surroundings also.

Mortgage

Unless you have enough cash upfront, it’s likely you’ll need a mortgage to purchase the property.

This may mean the conversion is subject to your broker’s terms and conditions.

Insurance

While all landlords should consider insurance, when it comes to conversion, there’s an extra need to safeguard the building.

During the work planned to go ahead, are you covered? Consider the terms of your mortgage agreement – you may be required to get insurance.

Making a Commercial Conversion Liveable

There are a number of requirements that need to be met before tenants could live in the property. A commercial to residential conversion should consider the following:

  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Electrical safety
  • Removal of hazardous material
  • Fire safety

Ensure all these needs are met before you consider letting tenants move in.

Commercial Property Change of Use to Residential – Other Considerations

Of course, there’s more to a conversion than simply making the property safe.

Residential units have things that commercial spaces may not, such as storage areas. Also, how secure is the rental?

It’s a good idea to imagine yourself living in the commercial property. Does it feel like a home?

The Pros of Changing Commercial Property to Residential

There are some undeniable perks with converting commercial buildings, including:

  • You could potentially get a bigger property for a lower price
  • You may not need planning permission
  • There’s no property chain
  • Investing in property can be hugely profitable

The Cons of Using Commercial Property As Residential

While there are some positives, there are also some inevitable downsides:

  • Sometimes the conversion can be more costly than expected, particularly if planning permission is required
  • You’ll need a specialist buildings survey, which can be expensive
  • It’s easy for conversion costs to spiral out of control
  • Conversions can run on for longer than anticipated

Meeting Your Requirements as a Landlord

Decided this is direction you want to take as a landlord? This journey is both an exciting and difficult one.

As with any property, there are a number of requirements you’ll need to meet as a landlord. But, you’ll also want to ensure your investment is protected every step of the way.

From check-in to check-out, No Letting Go will ensure you’re meeting all the necessary safety standards. As well as this, we’ll ensure your tenants are looking after the property as requested. Our comprehensive property inventory services offer you peace of mind, while making you the best landlord you can be!

New to the buy-to-let game? About to take the first steps to becoming a property investor?

While this is an exciting journey, it can feel overwhelming at times! There’s a lot to learn when you’re just starting out.

To ensure you stay on the right track, we’ve got some tips on property investment for beginners. This advice should help guide you along the way!

Property Investment Basics

Before you start looking at properties – you need to work out what type of property investor you want to be.

Decide Whether You Need Partners

Do you want to invest alone, or with others?

If doing this by yourself, any money you make from letting out the property will be yours alone. However, some people are not in the financial position to do so.

So, first things first, ensure you know what you can afford before you embark on the journey!

How Will You Finance Your Investment?

During the planning process, your investment strategy should take into account exactly how you’ll afford to purchase a property. This should happen before making an offer on a house.

There are a number of different things to consider, including:

  • Stamp duty land tax
  • Getting a mortgage
  • The day to day running of the property
  • Current property prices on the market
  • Whether now is a good time to buy
  • Survey costs
  • Solicitor fees
  • Insurance

Hopefully, sooner rather than later, the rental income you generate will ensure cash is flowing into your pocket. However, the upfront costs involved with buying a property should not be overlooked.

What Type of Investor Do You Want to Be?

When investing in property, you have a number of options open to you. This could be:

  • A new career path
  • Your main source of income
  • A source of extra income on top of another job

With direct property investment, it helps to have a long-term plan. Imagine yourself in five years’ time. Where do you want to be?

More and more people are choosing to rent over buy. This presents an exciting market for investors to take advantage of.

How to Invest in Property

Once you’ve got the basics sorted and know what type of investor you want to be, it’s time to get started.

But, that can be easier said than done! So, here’s how to find a good investment property:

Choose Where You Want to Invest

Where do you want to invest? Decide early-on.

Here, research is key. There are a number of things to consider, including:

  • The average cost of buying a house
  • The average rental yield in the area
  • The type of tenants in the area (families, students etc.)
  • Whether the area is up-and-coming
  • How close you want the rental property to be to your own home

Once you’ve decided on the area, it will make choosing the right property to invest in much easier. However, it can be more difficult than anticipated to get to this point!

Identify Your Target Tenant

Who do you want to rent to? It helps to have a target tenant in mind.

For example, if you invest in a studio flat, it’s unlikely this will appeal to families. However, in an area where many residents are postgrads, this could be perfect.

It can be tough to narrow it down – but it’s worth it. Remember, the area you’re in should play a huge role in deciding your target tenant.

Ask yourself who you would and wouldn’t let to. Would you consider renting to students? This may widen your options, particularly in an area with a number of universities.

Make Sure Rental Returns are Competitive

The best way to start investing in property? Be on the lookout for high rental yields.

This can vary place to place, as everywhere in the UK is different. But, these tend to be favourable locations where there’s a high demand for rental homes.

You’ll want to ensure that, over time, the property can not only pay for itself but make you a profit. This includes any extra charges, such as maintenance.

Look for Opportunities to Add Value

The UK property market is constantly changing! Even some of the best estate agents can’t predict what will happen next.

House price growth is one of the main reasons to invest. When you eventually come to sell the property, you want to know you’ll make a profit. One way to ensure this is by looking for ways to add value:

  • Consider ways to refurbish/renovate the property
  • Choose an up-and-coming location

The best property investments are those which look to the future, rather than just the here-and-now.

Property Investment Advice – Understanding the Risks

If you’ve decided this is the path you want to take, you’ll need some property investment tips to help you along the way.

Ensure you’ve considered these risks:

  • Rent is not always guaranteed – which may mean you can’t afford mortgage repayments. Always try to prevent void periods at all costs
  • House prices can fall
  • Difficult tenants can cause a number of issues, such as damage to the property
  • Major house repairs can be extremely expensive

Property Investment Guide – The Potential Returns

Despite some inevitable risks, the world of buy-to-let is an exciting one, and can deliver huge returns.

This market can be a very profitable one! Plus, becoming a landlord is a rewarding career path to follow.

Protecting Your Investment

One of the most important factors to consider? The ways to safeguard your rental property.

Having a comprehensive, detailed inventory is one of the most significant elements – essential for protecting both landlords and tenants.

Unsure how to get started? No Letting Go can help. From check-in to check-out, we’ll make protecting your investment our top priority. Find out more about our inventory services here.

Looking to make the most of being a landlord? Hoping to be more efficient while reducing costs?

There are many ways this can be done! We’ve outlined them for you to help you maximise your opportunities.

Here’s how to get the most from your portfolio in 2019.

Always Run a Tenant Reference Check

If your properties are your source of income, who you let to can make or break your success.

There are a number of consequences that can arise from letting to an untrustworthy tenant! This could be anything from damage to your investment to a costly legal battle.

The result? You may be unable to let out that particular property for some time, causing potentially severe financial consequences.

The solution? Always run a tenant reference check with a professional company!

Meet Your Legal Responsibilities

From insurance to health and safety, landlords have number of requirements to meet. Failure to do so will make your property less desirable to live in.

So, if you’re looking to get the most from your portfolio – never cut corners when it comes to being a good landlord.

Inspect the Property Regularly

Landlords inspections are key for ensuring that your property is being maintained as agreed. As well as this, you’ll appear hands-on and attentive to detail.

When visiting the property, ensure you’re thorough. Keep a record – this will make it easier to determine fair wear and tear from recent damage.

Treat it Like a Business

For many, bricks and mortar aren’t seen as a source of income. However, if you’re a landlord, the opposite is true.

This means you should treat it as such! While being approachable will help you form a strong relationship with your tenants, you should have a business mind.

Here – a structured and organised approach is key:

  • Who’s dealing with your finances?
  • Which Tenancy Deposit Scheme are you using?
  • If you’re unable to look after your property for any reason, such as a holiday, who will take your place?
  • If you’re using an agent, are their fees covered?

Keep Researching the Market

Research shouldn’t stop once your properties are let out! The local area, and what people want from it, is constantly changing.

Always have a target tenant in mind – for example a one-bed flat is unlikely to appeal to a market where many families rent.

Work to Reduce Void Periods

All landlords want to prevent void periods! However, this can be easier said than done.

If you keep coming up against this issue, it’s time to start taking it more seriously. Here are some solutions you may not have considered:

Maintain the Property Regularly

In 2019, resolve to see property maintenance not as an extra expense – but an investment. Often, what you put in is what you’ll get out.

This doesn’t just apply when trying to attract new tenants. For existing tenants, regular maintenance is key also. It can help you form a good relationship with them, as well as help justify reasonable rent increases.

Remember – it pays to look after your tenants!

Have Set Processes for Dealing With Issues

What procedure do you follow if something goes wrong?

For example, if a tenant falls behind on their rent, what do you do? You should already know the answer to this before it happens. Part of getting the most of your portfolio is understanding that problems can arise – and knowing how to deal with them.

Ideally, if you’re organised enough, you’ll take a proactive, rather than reactive approach.

Keep a Paper Trail

If you’re meeting all the safety requirements, ensure you have proof of this. From legionella risk assessments to smoke detector installation, it’s handy to have a paper trail.

Have a Detailed, Thorough Inventory

One way of ensuring your investment is secure? Have a comprehensive inventory.

This shouldn’t be just a collection of pictures, but a full and thorough report. The key here is clarity – so no issues can arise. Remember, simple facts aren’t enough; details are necessary for determining a weak inventory from a strong one.

This has multiple benefits to all parties, such as reducing the risk of deposit disputes.

But, many landlords struggle to put these together themselves. There’s lack of time and know-how for example! What’s more, even when landlords do put together DIY inventories, they’re often insufficient.

Luckily, we have a solution. Our professional, comprehensive property inventory services will take the hassle out of the process for you. From check-in to check-out, your investment will be protected!

If you fancy turning your hand to property investment but unsure where to start, we’ve got it covered. We’ve taken a look at the best place to invest in property in the UK. To work this out, we’ve looked at the average rental yield all UK cities and ranked them accordingly. We’ve worked this out by looking at the average property value and average annual rent in each city. Where does your city rank?

Ranked from bottom to top by average rental yield percentage, here are the results…

68. St Albans – 2.76%

Average property price: £581,041
Average rent: £1,336 pcm

67. Truro – 2.85%

Average property price: £320,611
Average rent: £761 pcm

66. Worcester – 2.87%

Average property price: £260,039
Average rent: £623 pcm

65. Chelmsford – 3.04%

Average property price: £387,413
Average rent: £982 pcm

64. Salisbury – 3.08%

Average property price: £341,338
Average rent: £876 pcm

63. St Asaph – 3.1%

Average property price: £225,104
Average rent: £581 pcm

62. Hereford – 3.14%

Average property price: £249,947
Average rent: £655 pcm

61. Ripon – 3.2%

Average property price: £290,495
Average rent: £774 pcm

60. Lichfield – 3.2%

Average property price: £291,353
Average rent: £777 pcm

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59. Wells – 3.31%

Average property price: £308,536
Average rent: £850 pcm

58. Cambridge – 3.34%

Average property price: £455,104
Average rent: £1,268 pcm

57. Winchester – 3.36%

Average property price: £548,755
Average rent: £1,537 pcm

56. Chichester – 3.4%

Average property price: £428,867
Average rent: £1,214 pcm

55. Wolverhampton – 3.44%

Average property price: £188,146
Average rent: £539 pcm

54. Bath – 3.44%

Average property price: £444,257
Average rent: £1,274 pcm

53. Gloucester – 3.47%

Average property price: £230,997
Average rent: £668 pcm

52. Chester – 3.5%

Average property price: £254,681
Average rent: £742 pcm

51. Perth – 3.5%

Average property price: £202,679
Average rent: £591 pcm

50. Exeter – 3.52%

Average property price: £293,069
Average rent: £860 pcm

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49. York – 3.55%

Average property price: £282,874
Average rent: £837 pcm

48. St David’s – 3.56%

Average property price: £234,104
Average rent: £695 pcm

47. Peterborough – 3.7%

Average property price: £217,668
Average rent: £672 pcm

46. Carlisle – 3.73%

Average property price: £157,070
Average rent: £488 pcm

45. Ely – 3.8%

Average property price: £295,045
Average rent: £935 pcm

44. Norwich – 3.9%

Average property price: £265,871
Average rent: £864 pcm

43. Leicester – 4.01%

Average property price: £216,421
Average rent: £724 pcm

42. Bristol – 4.03%

Average property price: £314,629
Average rent: £1,057 pcm

41. Canterbury – 4.07%

Average property price: £335,782
Average rent: £1,138 pcm

40. Lincoln – 4.07%

Average property price: £192,423
Average rent: £653 pcm

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39. Wakefield – 4.08%

Average property price: £177,810
Average rent: £605 pcm

38. Derby – 4.12%

Average property price: £194,951
Average rent: £669 pcm

37. Lancaster – 4.25%

Average property price: £191,729
Average rent: £679 pcm

36. Dundee – 4.28%

Average rental price: £156,781
Average rent: £559 pcm

35. Southampton – 4.36%

Average rental price: £289,546
Average rent: £1,053 pcm

34. Hull – 4.43%

Average rental price: £133,306
Average rent: £492 pcm

33. Newry – 4.44%

Average rental price: £146,353
Average rent: £542 pcm

32. Oxford – 4.46%

Average property price: £503,570
Average rent: £1,870 pcm

31. Stoke-on-Trent – 4.53%

Average property price: £143,358
Average rent: £541 pcm

30. Bradford – 4.53%

Average property price: £129,444
Average rent: £489 pcm

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29. Aberdeen – 4.58%

Average property price: £197,352
Average rent: £753 pcm

28. Preston – 4.6%

Average property price: £179,405
Average rent: £687 pcm

27. Inverness – 4.68%

Average property price: £177,736
Average rent: £693 pcm

26. Newport – 4.71%

Average property price: £165,970
Average rent: £651 pcm

25. Stirling – 4.78%

Average property price: £194,439
Average rent: £775 pcm

24. Brighton & Hove – 4.79%

Average property price: £385,220
Average rent: £1,537 pcm

23. London – 4.8%

Average property price: £672,390
Average rent: £2,692 pcm

22. Newcastle – 4.81%

Average property price: £203,524
Average rent: £816 pcm

21. Sheffield – 4.91%

Average property price: £187,360
Average rent: £767 pcm

20. Sunderland – 5.02%

Average property price: £139,518
Average rent: £584 pcm

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19. Derry – 5.12%

Average property price: £110,884
Average rent: £473 pcm

18. Glasgow – 5.21%

Average property price: £175,623
Average rent: £762 pcm

17. Lisburn – 5.36%

Average property price: £143,435
Average rent: £641 pcm

16. Plymouth – 5.47%

Average property price: £200,655
Average rent: £914 pcm

15. Cardiff – 5.6%

Average property price: £233,833
Average rent: £1,092 pcm

14. Belfast – 5.72%

Average property price: £153,310
Average rent: £731 pcm

13. Swansea – 5.74%

Average property price: £167,147
Average rent: £799 pcm

12. Liverpool – 5.78%

Average property price: £164,838
Average rent: £794 pcm

11. Portsmouth – 5.81%

Average property price: £227,041
Average rent: £1,100 pcm

10. Edinburgh – 5.89%

Coming in at 10th place is Scotland’s capital Edinburgh. The city is a highly desirable place to live and is a huge cultural hub north of the border. Having said this, property prices are relatively low while rent remains high. This means, Edinburgh is a great place for any landlord to build a portfolio.
Average property price: £268,989
Average rent: £1,320 pcm

9. Nottingham – 5.97%

With a popular university paired with high standard of living, property investment in Nottingham could be a money maker. With a 5.97% average rental yield, this is a serious consideration for anyone looking to make money.
Average property price: £188,609
Average rent: £939 pcm

8. Birmingham – 6.27%

Proclaimed to be the second city in the UK, Birmingham was guaranteed to feature high in this list. The property prices are in line with much of the midlands while rent is high. The popular university also prevents an opportunity for those considering student lets.
Average property price: £188,235
Average rent: £984 pcm

7. Armagh – 6.42%

The Northern Irish city is claimed to be the fifth-least-populous city in the UK. Maybe that goes some way to explaining the low property prices. Rent, at least, is in line with the surrounding area.
Average property price: £105,815
Average rent: £566 pcm

6. Manchester – 6.5%

Though Birmingham takes the title of Britain’s second city, Manchester seems to be stealing the attention. It’s a highly favourable place to live, especially among the younger generations who seek a buzzy metropolitan area. This has led to rent remaining high while property prices sit in line with much of the north of England.
Average property price: £175,872
Average rent: £952 pcm

5. Coventry – 6.64%

Coventry storms ahead into 5th position in our list. As the ninth largest city in the UK, it’s no surprise it features high. The city is the only Midlands spot to break the £1,000 average rent mark.
Average property price: £195,255
Average rent: £1,080 pcm

4. Durham – 6.71%

At the business end of the list we find north-eastern city of Durham. The location is renowned for its beauty and highly respected university. There are plenty of reasons why people are attracted to the city, an alluring potential for investment.
Average property price: £159,146
Average rent: £890 pcm

3. Leeds – 6.89%

Another city that people are naturally driven to. Leeds is metropolitan city renowned for its shopping, nightlife and culture. If you consider the high rent prices and relatively low property prices, you may find yourself building a portfolio here.
Average property price: £204,644
Average rent: £1,175 pcm

2. Salford – 7.53%

If you’re looking to invest in Manchester, you may do better by looking to neighbouring Salford. The city offers similar average rent but with a reduction in average property prices, a win-win!
Average property price: £156,118
Average rent: £979 pcm

1. Bangor – 9.42%

The best place to invest in property in the UK is Bangor – an exceptional opportunity for anyone considering property investment. The house prices are aligned with the local area and pretty low. The average rent is considerably higher, exceeding £1,300 pcm.
Average property price: £169,148
Average rent: £1,328 pcm

All figures accurate on date of publish.

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