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10% of landlords are looking to expand their portfolios

One in 10 landlords plan to purchase properties and expand their portfolio, compared to just 3% at the end of last year, according to research by Simply Business.

The business insurance company, which provides insurance to over 250,000 landlords, found that at the end of last year, 82% of landlords claimed that they had no plans to acquire another property in 2020, while just 3% were intending to add more than a single property to their portfolio.

Now it seems sentiment has changed, as landlords look to take advantage of the Chancellor’s stamp duty holiday introduced in July. Soon after the announcement was made, 10% of landlords said they were now planning to purchase more properties and expand their portfolio.

Simply Business says this rise in confidence could lead to a spike in investments away from the capital. At the end of 2019, a third (29%) of UK residential landlords already believed properties in city centres no longer represented a worthwhile investment.

Lockdown appears to have pushed up renter and homeowner demand in greener towns and villages, with recent figures from Rightmove also revealing that property searches have doubled for homes in small towns and villages with populations of less than 11,000.

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