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Revealed: over half of landlords have lost money due to Covid-19

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Conor Shilling

Conor Shilling

26 August 2021

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Over half of UK landlords have lost money due to Covid-19, according to a report from Simply Business.

Our research shows that over one in ten landlords lost £10,000 or more, with over a third turning to personal savings to make up for lost rental income.

We spoke to over 500 landlords from across the UK to get an in-depth understanding of the cost of the pandemic, whether government support went far enough, and the impact on the landlord-tenant relationship.

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Over half of landlords lost money due to the pandemic

Our survey found that over half (51 per cent) of landlords lost money as a result of Covid-19, due to reasons such as rent arrears and not being able to find suitable tenants.

The highest proportion of landlords (47 per cent) lost between £2,001 and £10,000, while 14 per cent lost more than £10,000.

To make up for the loss of rental income, landlords took the following steps:

  • used personal savings (25 per cent)
  • reduced living costs (8 per cent)
  • requested a buy-to-let mortgage payment holiday (7 per cent)

Almost half (47 per cent) of the landlords we spoke to think it will take more than six months to recoup their losses, with some suggesting it could take as long as five years.

Are landlords optimistic about the future?

Despite the challenges of the last 18 months, the majority of landlords (59 per cent) still think letting a property is worthwhile, with 31 per cent telling us they feel positive about the future.

Further regulation of the rental market is the biggest worry for 35 per cent of landlords, while 17 per cent are concerned that they may find it harder to find good tenants in the future.

Although the pandemic has caused widespread economic uncertainty, average house prices have remained steady thanks in large part to the stamp duty holiday, which finishes at the end of September.

Here’s what the landlords we spoke to thought about the long-term impact of the pandemic on property prices:

  • 56 per cent think property prices will get somewhat/significantly higher in the long-term
  • 21 per cent think average prices will stay the same
  • 12 per cent think they’ll get somewhat/significantly lower

Don’t forget to download our full report for further insight on how Covid-19 has affected the landlord-tenant relationship and whether landlords felt supported by the government during the pandemic.

How has the pandemic affected you financially? Let us know in the comments below.

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Conor Shilling

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Conor Shilling

Conor Shilling is a Copywriter at Simply Business with over two years’ experience in the insurance industry. A trained journalist, Conor has worked as a professional writer for 10 years. His previous experience includes writing for several leading online property trade publications. Conor specialises in the buy-to-let market, landlords, and small business finance.

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