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Student demand creates thriving BTL sector in west London

Much is written about buy-to-let investments and there is an army of 'trend spotters' in the property market analysing where the smart money should go next. Winkworth matches investors with properties for sale in west London on a daily basis so we're well placed to identify emerging sectors in the capital's private rental market - pre-empting many of the industry's leading experts before they make public statements. We had already earmarked student accommodation as 'one to watch' and in a recent 24 hour period three articles (by The Guardian, Selectproperty.com and NuWire Investor) were published highlighting the growing demand for quality student accommodation. The trio of features simultaneously concluded that student tastes have changed significantly - with a greater desire for upmarket property - and that there is an undersupply of accommodation in the UK's major university towns. As a west London letting agent we know there is an acute shortage of premium student accommodation in the capital - especially in our catchment, where some of the world's leading higher education facilities draw applicants from across the globe. Winkworth would be happy to explain the benefits of investing in accommodation suitable for students to new investors and to established landlords looking to grow their portfolio. For now, some of the top-line points from the articles and our own observations as a west London letting agent include: Growing demand - a report from the OECD (the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development) revealed the UK has the fifth largest uptake of higher education among 33 developed nations - a dramatic rise in the last 14 years (the UK ranked just 16th in 2000) Undersupply of property - the student accommodation market is critically undersupplied as applicant numbers grow Stable and secure - student accommodation offers relatively high returns and a steady flow of tenants, as well as a stable, non cyclical investment Demand for premium accommodation - students now demand high-quality accommodation and are willing to pay for premium facilities in prime locations, especially in west London Rise in guarantors - parents are increasingly being asked to act as guarantors, adding an extra layer of security for landlords If you would like to know more about the student rental market in west London, contact Winkworth today. We can suggest suitable properties for sale in west London to purchase, as well as provide a tenant-find, rent collection and fully managed property service.

Much is written about buy-to-let investments and there is an army of 'trend spotters' in the property market analysing where the smart money should go next. Winkworth matches investors with properties for sale in west London on a daily basis so we're well placed to identify emerging sectors in the capital's private rental market - pre-empting many of the industry's leading experts before they make public statements.

We had already earmarked student accommodation as 'one to watch' and in a recent 24 hour period three articles (by The Guardian, Selectproperty.com and NuWire Investor) were published highlighting the growing demand for quality student accommodation. The trio of features simultaneously concluded that student tastes have changed significantly - with a greater desire for upmarket property - and that there is an undersupply of accommodation in the UK's major university towns.

As a west London letting agent we know there is an acute shortage of premium student accommodation in the capital - especially in our catchment, where some of the world's leading higher education facilities draw applicants from across the globe.

Winkworth would be happy to explain the benefits of investing in accommodation suitable for students to new investors and to established landlords looking to grow their portfolio. For now, some of the top-line points from the articles and our own observations as a west London letting agent include:



  • Growing demand - a report from the OECD (the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development) revealed the UK has the fifth largest uptake of higher education among 33 developed nations - a dramatic rise in the last 14 years (the UK ranked just 16th in 2000)
  • Undersupply of property - the student accommodation market is critically undersupplied as applicant numbers grow
  • Stable and secure - student accommodation offers relatively high returns and a steady flow of tenants, as well as a stable, non cyclical investment
  • Demand for premium accommodation - students now demand high-quality accommodation and are willing to pay for premium facilities in prime locations, especially in west London
  • Rise in guarantors - parents are increasingly being asked to act as guarantors, adding an extra layer of security for landlords

If you would like to know more about the student rental market in west London, contact Winkworth today. We can suggest suitable properties for sale in west London to purchase, as well as provide a tenant-find, rent collection and fully managed property service.

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