UK student property has proven itself as a lucrative investment in recent years, and this trend looks set to continue in 2019.
Landlords keen to secure the best possible return on the assets in their portfolio this year will be focusing on a number of major factors, one of which is rental yield.
Here are some key steps that can help to deliver the best possible rental yields on student property.
Find the right location
Location is a vital consideration in any property investment, of course, but it’s particularly important in the student housing market.
Students will be looking for living space that offers benefits such as easy access to their campus and proximity to local amenities. Landlords that can meet these requirements will have very little trouble finding good tenants.
According to TotallyMoney, areas with high student populations, such as Liverpool and the north-east, offer some of the highest rental yields in the UK. Six Liverpool postcodes featured among the top 25 buy-to-let locations for 2018, an encouraging statistic for those who have invested in projects such as Baltic 56.
Charge the right rent
Landlords looking to get the best possible rental yields on student property need to ensure their tenants are paying the right amount. This is likely to require some research on the local area and general trends in the private rental market.
Charging too little creates the obvious disadvantage of missing out on rental income, even if it does offer the benefit of attracting stronger demand from tenants.
However, it’s also important to be cautious of asking for too much. If there are cheaper alternatives available in the same area, the risk of void periods will increase.
Offer a quality product
In addition to location, students searching for accommodation will place a big emphasis on the specific features of any property they are considering.
Defining characteristics such as the size and quality of the rooms on offer, as well as extra perks like high-speed broadband, could be crucial in swaying a potential tenant’s decision.
These could be particularly important considerations for international students – a valuable market for landlords. Research from Knight Frank revealed that 57 per cent of people coming to study in the UK from overseas would pay a rental premium for fast Wi-Fi, while 51 per cent would pay extra for an on-site gym.
Provisions such as these could prove crucial for investors targeting the highest possible rental yields in 2019.
To find out more about this market – from the latest trends to some of the most exciting investment destinations – take a look at the Experience Invest 2019 UK Student Accommodation Investment Guide.
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