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August 2017 - Bottleneck of housing supply sees rents rise in July

Property investors see stable returns

  • Despite rents increasing, most landlords saw their yield levels remain flat between June and July.

  • Wales was the only area surveyed to see the average return decrease month-on-month, slipping from 4.8% to 4.7%, Your Move found.

  • In the nine remaining regions, yields were the same in July as they were in June and led to the average yield across England and Wales being 4.4%.

  • On a yearly basis, however, each of the regions surveyed recorded lower yields than 12 months ago. Between July 2016 and July 2017, the average yield across England and Wales dropped from 4.9% to its current level.

  • Landlords in the north of England continue to enjoy the highest return on their investment, despite the amount of rent they receive being lower than in other areas.

  • Investors in the North East received an average yield of 5.2% during July, higher than anywhere else. In the North West the typical landlord earned 5% on their rental property.

  • These were the only two areas to record yields of 5% or greater this month.

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