Private rental growth makes 2015 the best year to earn a living as a landlord

There may have been a slump in house-buying activity surrounding the General Election, but the private rental sector is in robust health according to a number of experts. “The value of property held by British landlords grew from £262 billion in 2001 to £990.7 billion at end of March 2015,” says the Telegraph’s Anna White. Meanwhile, the Council of Mortgage Lenders predicts that the private rental sector will soon surpass £1 trillion, stating in a recent report: “The value of the private rented sector was £990 billion in 2014 and, in all likelihood, it will exceed £1,000 billion in 2015.”

“Yes, house prices are showing signs of steadying somewhat, but growth remains brisk,” says OneSavings Bank CEO Andy Golding. “Long-term price inflation is not in danger, given the gaping chasm between growing demand for housing and the number of houses being built each year. Combined with the dearth of high loan-to-value lending to first-time buyers, this will continue to buoy demand for rental accommodation, as well as landlords’ returns, and the sector will continue to expand.”

The average UK landlord made £24, 221 between March 2014 and March 2015. This places them just £1,000 shy of the national average salary, meaning a landlord earns roughly the same as a farmer, carpenter, publican, mechanic, nurse, or ironically enough, estate agent.

That’s equivalent to:


  • 7 lollipop ladies


  • 3 bartenders


  • 2 hairdressers


  • 2 fitness instructors


  • 2 beauticians