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    Everything You Need to Know About Brighton Buy-to-Let

    Brighton is an area offering a bit of everything for buy-to-let landlords. The centre is very urbanised and features all the amenities you would expect. However, the city also has a seafront area with all the beach holiday trimmings. Further out, the city is bordered by rural spaces. Popular with young professionals, students and families, Brighton offers plenty of positives for buy-to-let landlords.

    This guide will cover Brighton’s bright spots as a property investment opportunity, house prices, rental yields, and more.

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      Buy-to-Let Property Prices in Brighton

      Brighton is one of the more expensive places to buy property in the UK.

      HM Land Registry states the average property price is £433,142.

      On average, detached homes cost £850,277. Semi-detached properties cost £547,053. Terraced houses cost £485,622, and flats cost £332,523. Buy-to-let property / apartments can make for lower initial costs when investing due to the cheaper price.

      In comparison, the UK average property value is £289,824, making the typical Brighton property almost 40% more expensive than the national average—a Brighton flat costs more than the national average for semi-detached properties, which stands at £281,520.

      Over the past year, Brighton has seen a price growth of -2.40%, meaning prices are lower than 12 months ago. Terraced homes saw the largest price decline, coming to -2.80%.

      According to Rightmove, the majority of sales in the area during the last 12 months were flats.

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      Buy-to-Let Rental Market in Brighton

      Brighton rents – much like property prices – are significantly higher than the national average.

      The Home.co.uk Brighton Market Rent Summary puts the average rent in Brighton at £1,959 PCM.

      The summary shows that a room will cost £907 PCM on average. Meanwhile, flats command £1,780 PCM on average, and houses require £2,627 PCM on average.

      Over on housesforsaletorent.co.uk, the average Brighton rent is slightly cheaper at £1,729 PCM.

      However, both averages surpass the national average. According to the Homelet Rental Index, the UK’s average rent is £1,268.

      Brighton’s rental costs are also significantly more expensive than the South East region as a whole, which currently stands at £1,353 per the Homelet Rental Index.

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      Buy-to-Let Investment in Brighton: Area Breakdown

      Brighton has many areas that appeal to a wide demographic of potential tenants. If you’re a buy-to-let investor looking for the best area in Brighton, this list may help you focus your research.

      Brighton City Centre

      Brighton city centre is an area that commands premium property prices and rents. It is popular with young professionals who seek seaside living but still want London within easy travelling distance. Flats are the most popular property type in this part of town.

      Average Property Prices in Brighton City Centre

      The average property price in BN1 is £522,911.

      Average Rental Yields in Brighton City Centre

      The average yield in the centre of Brighton is 3.8%.

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        Kemptown

        Kemptown is one of the most popular areas in Brighton, a place brimming with young professionals. Kemptown is home to plenty of eateries and clubs. It is popular with the LGBTQ+ community and has good access to the beach. However, it is one of the most expensive parts of Brighton.

        Average Property Prices in Kemptown

        The average property price in BN2 is £465,915.

        Average Rental Yields in Kemptown

        The average rental yield in Kemptown is 4.97%.

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        Fishersgate and Portslade

        Fishersgate and Portslade offer some of the cheapest properties in Brighton. However, certain parts of these areas are in disrepair and in need of regeneration. Still, the area offers affordable rents compared to other BN postcodes.

        Average Property Prices in Fishersgate and Portslade

        The average property price in BN41 is £420,184.

        Average Rental Yields in Fishersgate and Portslade

        BN41’s average rental yield is 4.33%.

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          Hove

          Hove is something of a suburban sibling to Brighton. The area is quiet and full of Victorian and Regency-style housing. It is technically a separate town from Brighton but still classed as a suburb. The area is popular with families, retirees and young professionals alike.

          Average Property Prices in Hove

          The average property price in BN3 is £580,057.

          Average Rental Yields in Hove

          The average rental yield in BN3 is £3.17%.

          (Average property prices were taken from Rightmove in late 2023, and gross rental yield estimates were calculated with figures from housesforsaletorent.co.uk in late 2023)

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          Why You Should Consider a Buy-to-Let Investment in Brighton

          Brighton Attracts Businesses into the Area

          Brighton is a city that attracts the business-minded. According to the 2023 Centre for Cities report, Brighton is the number two hotspot for business start-ups and businesses per capita. It’s important to note that businesses help make areas more desirable to renters, eventually boosting the housing market as more people relocate. An area with a thriving housing market attracts more businesses to take advantage of the increased footfall and talent pool.

          And so the cycle continues.

          Strong Student Population

          Brighton has a substantial student population due to the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Both institutions have roughly 18,000 students each. As such, student-centric buy-to-let landlords have a large demographic to which they can offer homes. Popular areas for students include Kempton and Lewes Road.

          Holiday Destination

          Thanks to its idyllic position on the south coast, Brighton is a popular holiday destination for many people and one of the top “staycation” locations in the country. Brighton attracts millions of visitors annually, making short-let holiday accommodation a potentially lucrative buy-to-let investment opportunity.

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          Brighton New Builds

          The undersupply of rental properties has led to a high demand for new builds in Brighton. There are some plans to deliver these much-needed new homes from both Brighton and Hove City Council and private developers.

          This Brighton & Hove Council New Builds factsheet details all the council’s schemes for building new homes on council-owned land as part of regeneration efforts.

          While new builds are often more expensive than second-hand homes, they are still very popular as buy-to-let investments for a number of reasons. They are popular with investors because they require less upkeep and are typically more energy-efficient compared to older properties. There’s a high demand from tenants due to their contemporary design and attractive features.

          Considering these trends, investing in Brighton’s new builds could be a top investment in the coming years.

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          Off-Plan Property in Brighton

          As these areas undergo further regeneration work, more private developers are expected to choose Brighton for their projects, giving more opportunities to invest in off-plan for property investors in the region.

          As mentioned, there’s a significant demand for new builds from investors due to their advantages over older properties, including popularity with tenants. Although they are more expensive than second-hand properties, investors get good deals on new build properties by investing off-plan. This means investing when the property is still in the planning or construction stage.

          Investing off-plan means that the property can be acquired for a below-market price, and there are options such as payment plans.

          For these reasons, those looking at a pricey area like Brighton could benefit from exploring off-plan options for buy-to-let property investment.

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            How Does Brighton Compare to Other UK Regions When It Comes to Buy-to-Let?

            While Brighton is a great place to live, the sheer expense of buying and renting properties will put off many investors and renters.

            It’s true that Brighton can offer cheaper investment opportunities on average than buy-to-let properties in London, but it is still much more expensive than the UK average. If you’re looking for cheaper property located not too far from London, some investors explore properties for sale in Luton.

            However, more and more people are moving away from the South due to huge living costs. While some individuals move from London to Brighton to save money, most look to other parts of the UK for better value and a good quality of life.

            Take Liverpool, for example.

            This North West city, much like Brighton, sits on the coast. Areas like Crosby offer the same idyllic beach and sea vistas, while the city itself has a larger student population and a significant graduate retention rate.

            Liverpool property investments for sale are significantly cheaper compared to some other regions. The average property price is £177,224, according to HM Land Registry. Meanwhile, rental yields are much higher than Brighton’s, with some areas exceeding 8% on average.

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              Want to Invest in Brighton?

              Brighton is a great place to live, but it will cost a substantial sum if you’re considering a buy-to-let investment in the area. While property investment remains a popular method for growing capital, there are better-value areas in northern parts of the UK that could lead to greater capital appreciation.

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              Dale Barham

              Dale is a property content writer at RWinvest. Keeping a close eye on the UK property market, Dale helps our readers stay informed and up to date on the latest market news and statistics.

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