Buy-to-let landlords see light at the end of the tunnel

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) reported yesterday that buy-to-let lending rose by 10 per cent in the three months to September, compared with the previous three months, after a period of near-hibernation for landlords who were hit particularly hard by the mortgage drought.

The CML said that buy-to-let demand for new purchases was ‘appreciably stronger‘ than for remortgages, amid continuing lending constraints that force landlords to stay on their existing deals.

The CML pointed out that although the slight uptick in buy-to-let lending was welcome, it was from a low base.

Michael Coogan, director-general of the CML, said: ‘At this stage the recovery is modest, but the figures show that buy-to-let is here to stay.’