Landlord Spending Supporting Local Economies

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Landlord spending in local economies has reached £3.61 billion annually, according to the latest research from Aldermore Bank.

Aldermore’s new buy to let research, surveying 1,000 UK-based landlords, highlights the important contribution landlord spending makes to their local economy with eight in ten (81 per cent) turning to a local tradesperson when their property requires work or renovation. Landlords spent on average £1,443 in the last 12 months on services such as plumbers, builders, decorators, letting agents and other tradespeople, and all hired from the local community for most of their requirements.

Of the total amount of landlord spending to local service providers, the most was spent on letting agents coming to £879m in the past twelve months, followed by £442m on general handy-workers and £396m on plumbers. Also, landlords spent £375.4m on electricians, £377.3m on builders, and £243.2m on cleaners.

Over a third (39 per cent) say trust is the main reason why they turn to someone local, while one quarter (26 per cent) say, due to not living close to their rental property, having local people do maintenance is reassuring to them. Furthermore, one in three (31 per cent) want to support their local economy by using local tradespeople and one in four (24 per cent) say they tend to be cheaper to alternatives which helps keep their business costs down.

The report found that landlords are happy with the services local tradespeople provide and two thirds (65 per cent) will continue to use them, with a further quarter (25 per cent) intending to use them even more in the future. Only 7 per cent of landlords say they haven’t used local services for their properties, mainly due to being able to do the jobs themselves or having a family member who can service the property.

Damian Thompson, Group Managing Director of Retail Finance at Aldermore, said: ‘Landlords are an integral part of local communities across the UK, providing investment and fulfilling the demand of the expanding Private Rented Sector. Around every landlord is an ecosystem, in which they pay local tradespeople, like plumbers, builders, decorators, for jobs and those companies in turn train up employees and pay their own local suppliers for services also. The contribution landlords make to local communities extends much wider than merely providing rental accommodation.

‘Our findings show supporting local economies also brings benefits to landlords’ own businesses. Local workers bring a lot of value to landlords with respondents to our survey citing in particular the quality work, cost effectiveness and the understanding of local areas as key benefits.’