HMOs the success story for landlords in Q3 2019

Our quarterly survey of 883 landlords for Q3 2019 (via BVA BDRC) revealed that the rental yields for their HMOs, at 6.5% per year on average, far outshone the average rental yield for all property types of 5.6%.

A House of multiple Occupancy is a property rented out by at least 3 people who are not from 1 “household” (e.g. a family) and they share toilet, bathroom and kitchen facilities with other tenants.

As professional landlords seek out more diverse ways to improve their yields, we expect specialist property lending to maintain its strength next year, and for specialist lending to be the fastest area of growth for broker advice. 

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A way for your professional landlords to branch out

The HMO rental sector is not without its problems; the high rental yield is a direct result of the types of tenant they are suitable for. HMOs are predominantly residence to renters paying individually and only able to commit to shorter term contracts, such as revenue migrant workers (yield 6.5%) and students (yield 5.9%). It is for this reason that the sector has seen a fall over the last two years.

My Wales property is an HMO, reliant on EU migration. Brexit has killed the market”. Survey respondent.  

It is therefore understandable that the majority of landlords only decide to branch out into HMOs as an addition to an already diverse portfolio which can mitigate somewhat the periods of lower rental income. 11% of landlords with only one property have an HMO, however 41% of landlords with a portfolio between 11 and 19 properties have an HMO.

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