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March buying spree followed by UK landlords flooding the rental market ?

After March buying spree, landlords flood the rental market 11.5% rise in rental properties being listed in April ?

     
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Landlords who scrambled to buy homes earlier this year are beginning to rent them out, providing tenants with a flood of properties, research suggests.

A record number of sales took place in March, as buyers tried to beat last month's Stamp Duty deadline.
That has resulted in an 11.5% rise in rental properties being listed in April, according to data from the website Rightmove.
Some towns, like Worcester, have seen rental listings surge by nearly 50% .
Even in London, the number of homes for rent rose by 9.1% last month, says the research conducted by investment firm Property Partner.
It looked at 90 towns and cities across the UK, and found that the supply of properties went up in 82% of them.
Where rental properties are coming onto the market
TownRegion% increase in listings (April v March 2016)
WorcesterWest Midlands48.9%
ChelmsfordEast38%
StevenageSouth East36.4%
SouthportNorth West34.4%
TelfordWest Midlands32.3%
CheltenhamSouth West30.3%
WatfordEast29.4%
BathSouth West29.3%
NewportWales27%
WokingSouth East26.8%
source: Property Partner
However many landlords may take some time to renovate their newly-acquired houses, before offering them for rent.
"Some landlords might want to do up their properties - such as getting the painters in, or installing a new kitchen - so there may be a delay," said Richard Donnell from the property website Hometrack.
"However, over the next one or two months, a reasonable slug of these properties will come on the market."

Lower rents

In theory, increased supply should mean a fall in the cost of renting.
But according to the Reed Rains buy-to-let index, rents have been falling in any case since September 2015.
At that time, rents in England and Wales hit an average of £816 a month. By April 2016 they had fallen to £791 a month.
But Adrian Gill, a director of Reed Rains and Your Move, believes they will not fall much further.
the sign of the things to come for landlords over the coming months?

"Tenants still need homes and demand is still soaring,".
"So actually later this year the balance of supply and demand might shift even further in favour of landlords. A short-term spurt of supply won't shift the fundamentals."

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