Renters may face price rises as landlords cash in on property

Hundreds of thousands of landlords are planning to cash in big gains from a decade of rising property prices as the government’s assault on buy-to-let encourages an exodus from the market.

More than one in four landlords intend to sell at least one of their properties over the next year, risking a crisis for tenants, according to a survey by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

Nearly five million people — about one in five households — live in the private rented sector, including many families, with half of all babies now born to families living in privately rented accommodation.

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