Buy-to-Let Landlords Focus on Portfolio Growth: Insights from The Mortgage Lender's Recent Study

Introduction: A new study by The Mortgage Lender reveals a significant trend among Buy-to-Let (BTL) landlords in the UK. Over the past 12 months, a majority have actively expanded their property portfolios, signaling a strong confidence in the residential property market. This blog post delves into these findings and what they mean for the property market, particularly for landlords and investors.

Key Findings:

  1. Portfolio Expansion:
    • 52% of BTL landlords have increased their portfolio size in the last year. Of these, 25% added one property, while 27% acquired multiple properties.
  2. Future Growth Plans:
    • The trend of expansion is set to continue. In the next 12 months, 26% of landlords plan to add a single property, and another 26% aim to acquire multiple properties.
  3. Market Confidence:
    • A robust 74% of landlords express confidence in the residential property market for the upcoming year.
Drivers of Portfolio Expansion:

  • Increased Tenant Demand: 31% of landlords cited this as the main reason for their expansion.
  • Spare Capital Investment: 25% expanded their portfolios due to available capital.
Diversification Strategies:

  • Landlords are not just increasing their portfolio sizes; they're also diversifying. 21% are investing in different types of properties, while another 21% are exploring various UK regions. Additionally, 20% are purchasing properties with better Energy Performance Certificate ratings.
Portfolio Downsizing:

  • Despite the overall growth trend, 31% of landlords sold properties in the past year, and 33% plan to sell in the next year, primarily due to concerns about rising interest rates and falling house prices.
Expert Insights:

Chris Kirby, Head of Key Accounts & Specialist Distribution at The Mortgage Lender, underscores the resilience of BTL landlords amidst high inflation and interest rates. With predictions of house price growth, rent increases, and lower rates, landlords have reasons to be optimistic about BTL investments.


This study highlights the dynamism of the BTL sector and its appeal as an investment class. For landlords looking to expand their portfolios, the current market offers promising opportunities.

Call to Action:
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