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The scariest places to be a landlord

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The nights are long and cold and Halloween is fast approaching, so innovative rental platform, Bunk, has looked at where across the UK is the scariest place to be a landlord based on the current rental yields available.

On a national level, Wales is home to the most spine-tingling yields available at just 3.8%. A more worrying financial return than England (4.2%), Northern Ireland (5.4%) and Scotland (5.8%).

On a regional basis, the East of England is the most frightful at just 3.6%, with the South East and South West not far behind at just 3.7%, and the East Midlands also slipping below the four percent mark.

But where is currently the most haunting locations for landlords trying to make the best of a devilish attack on the buy-to-let sector, by a ghoulish Government intent on slashing any financial incentive?

Chiltern in Buckinghamshire is home to a chilling average rental yield of just 2.8%, along with Monmouthshire which shares the monstrously low average yield for landlords. 

South Bucks, Charnwood, Cotswold, Suffolk Coastal, Powys, North Norfolk, East Devon, Kensington and Chelsea and Rushcliffe form a zombie horde of locations where the average rental yield is at just 3%.

Maldon, West Devon, Bromsgrove, Shepway, Purbeck, East Renfrewshire, Malvern Hills, Derbyshire Dales, and East Hampshire complete the top 20 scariest places to be a landlord with yields of 3.1%. 

Co-founder of Bunk, Tom Woollard, commented:

“Being in the buy-to-let space can be frightful for a lot of reasons but while many can live with often temporary issues such as a nightmare tenant, a poor return on your investment is perhaps the most blood-curdling situation a landlord can find themselves in.

This Halloween, many buy-to-let investors will find themselves in the darkest spot they have been in some time, however, there are plenty of positives to take from the changing face of the UK rental sector.

By utilising the latest innovative tech platforms and products and reducing unnecessary running costs and high management fees, you can resurrect your investment and get it back in the green.”  

National – by worst rental yield
Region Average Rental Yield (2019)
WALES 3.8%
ENGLAND 4.2%
NORTHERN IRELAND 5.4%
SCOTLAND 5.8%
   
Regional – by worst rental yield
Region Average Rental Yield (2019)
EAST OF ENGLAND 3.6%
SOUTH EAST 3.7%
SOUTH WEST 3.7%
EAST MIDLANDS 3.9%
WEST MIDLANDS 4.2%
LONDON 4.4%
NORTH WEST 4.5%
YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER 4.5%
NORTH EAST 5.1%
   
Top 20 – Current worst UK rental yields
Location Average Rental Yield (2019)
Chiltern 2.8%
Monmouthshire 2.8%
South Bucks 3.0%
Charnwood 3.0%
Cotswold 3.0%
Suffolk Coastal 3.0%
Powys 3.0%
North Norfolk 3.0%
East Devon 3.0%
Kensington and Chelsea 3.0%
Rushcliffe 3.0%
Maldon 3.1%
West Devon 3.1%
Bromsgrove 3.1%
Shepway 3.1%
Purbeck 3.1%
East Renfrewshire 3.1%
Malvern Hills 3.1%
Derbyshire Dales 3.1%
East Hampshire 3.1%
   
Sources
Average House Price Gov.uk
Average Rental  
England Gov.uk
Scotland Gov.scot
Wales Gov.wales
Northern Ireland Ulster University

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Homes with the best broadband speed are the cheapest!

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With Labour’s plans to give away free broadband if they get elected, national fast sale estate agent, Springbok Properties, has looked at the current house price cost in areas with the best broadband speed and how it varies across the board. 

Springbok Properties looked at each category of broadband speed across every constituency in the nation and how house prices in these areas corresponded, as well as looking at the best and worst areas when it comes to house price cost for every megabyte per second of broadband speed.

The data shows that on average, homebuyers are paying £5,324 in house price costs for every one of the 48.79 megabytes per second of broadband speed.

Perhaps surprisingly though, the lowest average house price is found in areas with the highest broadband speed, an average of £189,077 for homes with 70+mbps.

The sweetest spot for property values? Between 50Mpbs to 60Mbps with the average house price in areas with this broadband speed hitting £283,959.

But where is home to the best value?

When looking at the best value based on the cost of property paid for every Mbps of broadband speed, Liverpool Walton comes out on top with an average broadband speed of 61.3 and an average house price of just £75,000 meaning homeowners pay just £1,223 in property prices for every Mbps.

Kingston upon Hull East was the next best value (£1,253), with Burnley (£1,585), Great Grimsby (£1,605) and Aberavon (£1,624) also amongst some of the best value spots in the UK for a mix of house price value and good broadband speed.

At the other end of the table, the Cities of London and Westminster ranks as the worst constituency for broadband property price value. With an average house of £1,115,000 and a dire average broadband speed of 24Mbps, it costs home buyers £46,458 in property prices for every Mbps of broadband speed.

London dominates the worst value areas with Kensington, Westminster North, Chelsea and Fulham and Bermondsey and Old Southwark also amongst the worst value.

On a regional level, London is also the worst value at £9,066 for each Mbps, while the North East provides the best value at £2,670 for each Mbps.

Founder and CEO of Springbok Properties, Shepherd Ncube, commented: 

“It’s amazing how something like broadband has become such an integral part of our day to day lives that it now influences everything from political promises to home buyer choice, but while good broadband can clearly influence a buyer’s decision, it seems that the homes that benefit from the very fastest speeds are actually the most affordable of them all. 

This suggests that although broadband speed is important, it isn’t the most influential bargaining chip when it comes to negotiating price as long as you aren’t stuck in the dark ages or in a Wifi blackspot.”

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