2. Landlords will continue to sell due to challenging conditions

Rising costs, limited tax relief, and changing legislation – there are many reasons why landlords may consider selling a property in the coming months.

As part of our 2023 Landlord Report, a quarter (25 per cent) of landlords told us they were planning to sell a property before August 2024.

Another study by the Open Property Group found that a third of landlords are considering retiring or leaving the market due to issues with legislation and rising costs.

With the 2024 market landscape likely to remain similar to the previous year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see landlords continuing to consider their options.

One factor that may convince some landlords to stick it out is a further reduction of the capital gains tax allowance in April 2024, when it drops from £6,000 to £3,000.

As recently as March 2023, the CGT allowance was as high as £12,000. These changes have significantly increased tax bills for many landlords who have decided to sell in recent times.

Are there still reasons to buy rental property?

Just three per cent of landlords are planning to buy a property in 2024, according to our research.

However, high demand for rental property means buying could still be a good option for some investors.

A study by the National Residential Landlords Association found that rental demand in the third quarter of 2023 was three times as high as it was in Q3 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic.

On top of this, despite some falls this year, average house prices are expected to rise again in the medium and long term.

Read more: Is now a good time to buy a house?

By sunsang