UK’s top 10 high yield buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Date published: 30 September 2014

The buy-to-let interactive heatmap released by, the credit comparison experts, shows would-be property moguls an at-a-glance view of the potential yield from rental properties across more than 2,600 UK postcode districts.

  • Sheffield city centre (S1 postcode) delivers a table-topping 11.1% yield, closely followed by Aberdeen (AB24) and Bradford (BD1) offering yields of 10.4% and 9.2% respectively
  • Northern and Scottish investors have the best chances of realising a buy-to-let yield above the national average of 4.17%
  • The average 3.4% buy-to-let yield for London postcodes is lower than for any other UK city. 

The Buy-to-let Yield Interactive Heatmap:

...reveals the yield achievable in more than 2,682 postcode districts across England, Scotland and Wales, with data compiled from analysis of 751,600 properties on the market for sale or rent.

In the past year, nationwide demand for rented accommodation has soared by 18%, and by 50% in the capital, while supply has dwindled by 19% (3% in London), turning the rental market into an increasingly competitive jungle – there are up to seven tenants viewing each property.2

Winners and losers

Sheffield (S1) tops the table of the highest yielding places to invest in buy-to-let property with a yield of 11.1% and a decent pool of available properties.

Post town Postcode Median
monthly rent
asking price
No. of properties
for sale
Sheffield S1 £645 £69,995 108 11.06%
Aberdeen AB24 £1,200 £138,000 121 10.43%
Bradford BD1 £459 £60,000 45 9.18%
Manchester M14 £980 £134,950 370 8.71%
Southampton SO17 £1,300 £181,000 104 8.62%
York YO1 £1,929 £268,750 74 8.61%
Greenock PA15 £425 £59,998 150 8.50%
Aberdeen AB11 £1,150 £170,000 77 8.12%
Glasgow G44 £494 £75,000 171 7.90%
Paisley PA3 £425 £65,000 168 7.85%

While scraping along at the bottom of the table we find South Kensington, London SW7, with a buy-to-let yield of only 1.56%.

Post town Postcode Median
monthly rent
asking price
No. of properties
for sale
London (Chelsea) SW3 £3,120 £1,795,000 447 2.09%
Tonbridge TN8 £1,101 £637,500 108 2.07%
Beaconsfield HP9 £2,496 £1,475,000 127 2.03%
Dartmouth TQ6 £650 £385,000 290 2.03%
London (Mayfair) W1 £3,683 £2,187,500 778 2.02%
Worcester WR2 £402 £240,000 281 2.01%
Bishop’s Stortford CM22 £913 £549,950 117 1.99%
Macclesfield SK10 £650 £400,000 586 1.95%
Bournemouth BH13 £1,700 £1,050,000 436 1.94%
(South Kensington)
SW7 £2,925 £2,250,000 447 1.56%

Geographical divide

The study reveals a clear geographical divide between The North and The South with northern regions coming out on top and The South East showing particularly poorly. Nine out of the 10 highest yielding postcode districts are in Scotland and the North/Midlands regions. The 10 lowest yielding postcodes, with the exception of Macclesfield in East Cheshire, are all in Greater London and the South East.


UK Buy-to-Let hotspots

No capital gains

Investors looking for higher yields would do well to avoid investing in buy-to-let properties in London: the average yield for London properties is 3.4% compared to the 4.17% national average.

It’s not all bad news for the capital – Plaistow tops a short list of London postcodes in which above average yields can still be earned.

Area Postcode Median
monthly rent
asking price
No. of properties
for sale
Plaistow E13 £1,300 £270,000 261 5.78%
East Ham E6 £1,248 £270,000 329 5.55%
Edmonton N18 £1,249 £275,000 98 5.45%
Deptford SE8 £1,495 £340,000 201 5.28%
Bow E3 £1,517 £360,000 353 5.06%

Source: analysis

UK Buy-to-Let hotspots

Nigel Pocklington, CEO of comments: “Although property prices are rising faster in London than the rest of the UK, this growth rate hasn’t been mirrored in rent prices. Property investors looking for high yields on rental developments could see the best returns from northern cities or Scotland.”

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