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UK rental market has shrunk

While conditions are still difficult in the UK property sector, rental sector and general economy, the massive boom in residential buy to let property in the UK appears to be coming to an end. Information from the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors has confirmed that the number of rental properties on the market has now shrunk to levels not seen since 1998, signalling the end of a massive boom time for buy to let investors in the UK.

As a consequence rental yields will increase dramatically over the short to medium term as more competition for fewer rental properties pushes prices higher and higher. Over the last two years we have seen a number of high-profile collapses in the UK buy to let market with many people losing investment gains made over the last decade, in what was a boom time for the sector. So what does the future hold for the buy to let sector?

In the short term it looks as though liquidity for the buy to let sector will be much harder to come by although in due course no doubt we will see the purse strings of the UK banking sector loosened once again. However, whether the sector will ever fly as high as it did just over two years ago remains to be seen.

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