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Editor's Introduction February 2019

Richard Bowser comments

It's already mid-February, so how are your property investing plans for 2019 progressing? I ask this question in the context of current market conditions in different parts of the UK and what I am hearing and observing myself.

Without question the combined headwinds of increased taxation, government regulation, licensing and a tightening of borrowing requirements in the last year or so is resulting in some landlords exiting the market. This is a more obvious trend in higher value markets like London, where net yields have been quite low and prospects for capital growth in the next year currently appear quite poor.

As such with new rental supply being restricted and landlords exiting the market, the prospects for rental returns growth now appears positive and this is what I am starting to see and hear more about.

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