Liverpool, home to the UK’s first-of-its-kind Knowledge Quarter, has been named UK’s top buy-to-let city for yet again. The city has been a top pick for the rental market since 2013 .
The research by independent credit broker TotallyMoney, which surveyed 580,000 properties across England, Scotland and Wales, found that universities outside London provided landlords with the highest yields, with Liverpool claiming top spot at up to 12% average rental yields.
The L6 and L7 postcodes in Liverpool dominated due to its cheaper prices, but also, most importantly, because of their location which is close to the city’s three main universities. The universities provide a catchment of some 70,000 students, which drive demand for housing.
Landlords have even more to rejoice about as the upcoming construction of the high-speed rail , and (HS2) will continue to boost the economy in Liverpool, thus driving demand for housing creating opportunities for the buy-to-let investors.
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Liverpool & Manchester to benefit from Northern Powerhouse development,job vacancy and infrastructural growth
Meanwhile, the housing market in Manchester has also been doing well, recording strong average rental yields of up to 10.08%.
Recently, Manchester was also named as the best place to be a landlord in the UK, recording a splendid rental price growth of 5.76%!
Like Liverpool, Manchester is also a part of the Northern Powerhouse, an initiative by the UK government to create economic balance between the North and South.
Both Liverpool and Manchester will see great development in the future in terms of job opportunities, training, and skills development — a situation that smart property investors are taking advantage of.
In Liverpool, part of the city’s development involves the massive Liverpool Waters scheme, which will reconstruct brownfield sites into full-fledged neighbourhoods and transform the city’s northern docks into a world-class mixed-use waterfront development.
In Manchester, the population continues growing, thanks in large part to the existence of four central universities which have enforced the student population in the city. With a student catchment of some 100,000, Manchester offers good opportunities for landlords.
London’s lacklustre performance
In the past, London was the main focus of investors looking to capitalise on its massive economic and infrastructure growth as the city centre of UK. Today, Liverpool and Manchester have eclipsed the capital thanks to its strong and varied development growth.
Property yields have not done well in London either due to over inflated property prices. Housing prices have flatlined, with experts predicting that Brexit will cause a downfall in the market based on current trends. What’s clear is that rental yields in Liverpool is seven times higher than London, which unfortunately now sports a high number of postcodes that are listed within some of the UK’s worst areas for buy-to-let yields.