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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Andrew Turner, director at Commercial Trust says, “It is positive to learn that during September, gross lending of buy-to-let, buy-to-let house purchasing and buy-to-let mortgaging have all seen strong increases from the same time the previous year, indicating favourable lending conditions across all tenures.

“It is clear that buy-to-let is continuing to show real improvement, growing far more quickly than any other type of lending and continuing its trend of being the strongest UK mortgage market in the years since the recession. Though the bulk of both gross activity and yearly growth was remortgage loans, property purchase loans have also seen a more than modest climb – despite the continuously changing legislative environment in which landlords operate and the threat of increased buy to let regulation, both from pan-European legislation and the Bank of England itself.

“If the past few years have shown us anything, it is that buy to let has been the biggest driver of the housing market recovery, and instrumental in servicing the housing needs of the UK. Whilst it is crucial that we do not return to the risky lending conditions seen prior to the recession, it is equally crucial that we do not stifle landlords’ ability to continue to invest and provide homes we desperately need.”

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