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Buy-to-let landlords earn returns of up to 1,400% outperforming all other investment types

The buy-to-let market has been revealed as the best investment in the UK today, with landlords enjoying returns of nearly 1,400% according to a new report.

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The buy-to-let market has been revealed as the best investment in the UK today, with landlords enjoying returns of nearly 1,400% according to a new report.

Buy-to-let property investments in UK outperformed all others over the 18 year period from 1996 to 2014, with a £1,000 investment building a return of £14,897 by the final quarter of 2014, a 1,390% return.


The report, compiled by lender Landbay, assessed the success of buy-to-let property in comparison to other traditional investment options including commercial property, bonds, shares and cash savings. With a £1,000 investment, commercial property offered a 349% return, UK government bonds rose by 233%, UK shares built a 212% return and cash savings received a 96% return.


The UK’s property market has soared since the buy to let mortgage initiative was launched by the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) in 1996, with an estimated 2 million private landlords in the UK.


The phenomenon of buy-to-let property demonstrates the value that is available to investors in the UK’s property market. With the size of the residential market at an all-time high, the ongoing growth of specialist asset classes such as student accommodation, UK property looks set to remain popular with investors over the coming years.