Fugures from the Financial Services Authority this week show that buy to let lending has increased in every one of the last three quarters to just under 9% of all lending. This is a hike of 19% compared to 2010 and at £3.2 billion, unmatched since 2008.

Rents are rising fast with the average amount paid per month now standing at £713.oo in August, itself up 1.2% on July alone, says property firm LSL.

Landlords may have seen the bottom of the market now and with property prices set not to adjust sharply downwards it seems, and with rent values increasing at 6% per annum, no wonder investors are jumping back in.

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