Landlords are becoming increasingly confident about expanding their portfolios, as rents rise and mortgage rates fall. That’s according to a new report by Shawbrook Bank, which found investors are targeting properties with gardens in an attempt to entice tenants.

Low mortgage rates and rising rents offer a boost to landlords

New research by Shawbrook Bank has found that a third (34%) of landlords are looking to expand their portfolios in the next 12 months. One in 10 plan to buy in a different area from their current properties, with their plans driven by changes in tenant priorities since the start of the pandemic.

Of those looking to invest, 30% say they’ll seek out more rural locations, with the North East of England a popular choice.

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