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Lower buy-to-let returns in London than rest of country

The rate of return expected on a buy-to-let investment in central London is 5.6 per cent, compared with 6.1 per cent in the rest of the south east and 7 per cent across the rest of the country.

These figures come from a new quarterly survey of buy-to-let by the Association of Residential Letting Agents which also reveals the average rental return was 6.3 per cent during the summer.

Arla chairman John Crossley says: “With over 500 Arla letting agents participating in this survey, Arla believes it is now providing the definite quarterly insight into the buy-to-let sector.”

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