Nearly a quarter of UK landlords - approximately 360,000 - came into the market accidentally or unintentionally, according to research by the National Landlords Association.
The survey, which asked landlords why they first entered the buy to let market, shows that 11% did so by chance, e.g. through inheriting property; 5% acquired an extra property, e.g. when they met a spouse; 5% intended to sell but experienced difficulties, and 3% had to relocate for work. Central London was found to have the highest proportion (31%) of accidental landlords. The North West had the least (15%) and the South East an important figure (25%).