It seems like a long time ago but it’s only been 15 years since ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) joined forces with the CML (Council of Mortgage Lenders) to launch the buy to let sector of the UK housing market.

In those fifteen years, the buy to let sector has caused some massive changes in the UK housing and personal finance markets. We’ve seen the rise of the amateur buy to let landlord as more and more ordinary people took advantage of cheap buy to let funding. We’ve seen the creation of a whole new insurance and dozens of affiliated services designed to serve growing number of landlords and of letting agents.
Since the launch of buy to let in 1995 the maket has grown massively, from a net value of £5.4 billion in 1999 to an incredible £155 billion in 2011. There’s no doubt that the boom will continue, as rents rise and demand for rental property increases there’s no better time to be a buy to let landlord.