The government recently published its English Private Landlord Survey, a study carried out last year looking in depth at the make-up of the nation’s landlords for the first time since 2010.

The results of the survey perhaps start to indicate the degree to which the government’s attempts to ‘professionalise’ the sector have started to work, ie introducing higher rates of stamp duty for property investments, to stripping back the tax reliefs available to personal landlords and the tightening of underwriting standards by virtue of the PRA policy statement in SS13/16.

For example, the survey shows that there has been a significant shift away from small landlords, who perhaps have one or two properties in their portfolio, towards those for whom property is a greater part of their business plan.


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