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Property Management

ISSN: 0263-7472

Online from: 1983

Subject Area: Built Environment

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“Buy to let”: a popular investment?

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Title:“Buy to let”: a popular investment?
Author(s):Paul Mellish, (London Probation Service, London, UK), Maureen Rhoden, (School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Citation:Paul Mellish, Maureen Rhoden, (2009) "“Buy to let”: a popular investment?", Property Management, Vol. 27 Iss: 3, pp.178 - 190
Keywords:Gender, Housing legislation, Property, United Kingdom
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02637470910964660 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The UK “buy to let” property market is significant with over 1,024,300 “buy to let” mortgages outstanding between 1996 and 2007. This paper investigates whether the factors that encourage male and female individuals to invest in the “buy to let” property market are similar or different.

Design/methodology/approach – The research is conducted through a quantitative study which examines whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for landlords investing in the “buy to let” housing market and if these issues are perceived to be the same by male and female landlords. Through a literature review the research author critically evaluates books, papers and legislation to establish the current background information which exists on the “buy to let” market. The primary research contained within this paper is conducted through a survey questionnaire distributed to 100 landlords attending private sector landlord forums.

Findings – This paper recognises that overall male and female landlords have differing approaches to their investment decisions within the “buy to let” sector.

Originality/value – This paper establishes new learning relating to gender expectations regarding “buy to let” investments.

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