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Liverpool leads the way as new tool launched to identify buy-to-let hotspots

A new online tool claims to show where in the country landlords can get the best returns, and the north-west of England is coming out on top.

Developed by windows furnishing firm Thomas Sanderson, the ‘Buy-to-Let Hotspots’ tool can be used by prospective investors to see the rental yields in 2,463 locations across the UK. It uses online property listings to establish the average property selling prices and the average monthly rent for each postcode. It then divides the property price by the average rent to calculate the rental yield.

Users can search for specific postcodes or cities to see average yields and then manually compare areas against each other, to hone in on those that are most likely to give them the best financial returns.

Currently, the online tool has Liverpool as a rental property investment hotspot with the L6 postcode offering a yield of 14.99% and L1 with 13.62%. Sunderland isn’t far behind, with rental properties offering prospective landlords a 13.66% average rental yield.

While users cannot use the tool to create their own online comparisons between areas, it does offer up the ten most and ten least profitable locations.

Top ten most profitable postcodes

  1. L6 14.99%
  2. SR1   13.66%
  3. L1   13.62%
  4. TS2  13.6%
  5. TS14  13.19%
  6. PA42  13.05%
  7. B94 12.42%
  8. LE11  12.37%
  9. SK12  12.22%
  10. PO14  12.21%

Top ten least profitable postcodes

  1. WC1A 1.12%
  2. TQ8 1.16%
  3. 3N18 1.35%
  4. W1J  1.49%
  5. NE18 1.51%
  6. SG10  1.51%
  7. S72    1.63%
  8. YO16  1.63%
  9. TN38  1.65%
  10. OX26  1.65%

Greater insight into the rental property market across the UK as a whole will undoubtedly help landlords and prospective investors in their decision-making process, as they research and identify new buy-to-let opportunities.

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