October 29, 2010 2.15 pm This story is over 156 months old

Lincoln has plenty of ‘reluctant landlords’

To let: Landlords are favouring renting houses over selling in Lincoln, due to the fragile economy.

A residential letting agency in Lincoln has seen a rise in landlords taking on properties just to rent due to the unstable economic climate.

Hodgson Elkington in Lincoln had seen a big rise since 2009 of properties going on the letting market because landlords felt they could not be sold.

During the peak of the recession, 94% of agents surveyed reported an increase in properties being put up for rent because they didn’t believe they would sell.

Residential letting manager at Hodgson Elkington Jill Elkington said: “The rise of the reluctant landlord seems to reflect wider market uncertainty and instability.

“There is a lack of available property either to rent or buy, yet people are holding back from selling, perhaps strategically, to secure the best price; or more likely because they simply can’t find a suitable buyer.

“While we welcome new landlords to the market, this trend is not without risks.

“Letting a property can be full of potential hazards, especially for inexperienced landlords—from material issues, such as a tenant mistreating a property, to financial problems, such as landlord inability to meet mortgage payments.”

The local economy is expected to pick up through a new Local Enterprise Partnership for Lincolnshire, which will have access to a £1.4b

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