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Everton top the Premier League of renting


May 22, 2017
  • Champions Chelsea relegated along with Arsenal and Spurs as Everton pip city rivals Liverpool to the title…. at least when it comes to returns for property investors
  • New look Premier League table would see relegated Sunderland and Middlesbrough qualify for Europe.

A new look Premier League where teams are ranked on the strength of their local property market rather than points has turned  the table on its head as the 2016-17 season draws to a close.

North East-based sales and lettings firm KIS and deposit-free renting solution Dlighted have redrawn the Premier League table to show how it would look if teams were judged on average returns for buy-to-let investors for two bedroom properties in the postcode the teams play in.

The new look table sees Everton crowned champions for the first time in over 30 years, pipping rivals Liverpool to the title by just 0.3%, with properties in L4 offering returns to investors of 9% – compared to 8.7%  in Anfield’s L6.

Middlesbrough (8.5%), Hull (7.1%) and Sunderland (7%), all relegated in real life, find themselves qualifying for Europe, alongside Manchester City (7.4%)

Champions Chelsea (2.2%) meanwhile are relegated – alongside runners-up Tottenham (1.2%) and Europe-qualifying Arsenal (2.7%). Manchester United narrowly escape the drop, finishing 17th with a rental yield of 3.8%

Leicester City are the only team whose property market performance is identical to the teams on-the-field results – with last season’s surprise champions finishing 12th  in both tables.

The table in full is as follows:

  1. Everton (rental yield 9%)
  2. Liverpool (8.7%)
  3. Middlesbrough (8.5%)
  4. Manchester City (8.4%)
  5. Hull (7.1%)
  6. Sunderland (7%)
  7. Stoke (6.9%)
  8. Burnley (6.3%)
  9. Swansea (6.2%)
  10. West Bromwich Albion (5.7%)
  11. Leicester City (5.5%)
  12. Bournemouth (5.1%)
  13. Southampton (5%)
  14. Crystal Palace (4.8%)
  15. Watford (4.1%)
  16. West Ham United (3.9%)
  17. Manchester United (3.8%)
  18. Arsenal (2.7%)
  19. Chelsea (2.2%)
  20. Tottenham Hotspur (1.2%)


Ajay Jagota, founder of Protech Deposit replacement insurance solution Dlighted – an alternative to the cash Tenancy Deposit schemes TDS, DPS and Mydeposits – and sales and lettings firm KIS commented:

“It’s been a tough year for fans of the Premier League teams in our native North East and we’re glad that there’s at least one table where Sunderland and Middlesbrough are close to the top.

“Even though this is all just a bit of fun and not a serious investment guide, we have inadvertently learned something very interesting about the state of the buy-to-let market in England and Wales.

“There is a theory in the industry that landlords are increasingly turning away from London and the South East and investing instead in other parts of the country. With no London club finishing higher than 14th and North East and North West clubs dominating the league, our table suggests that this could actually be a very wise move.”

By Emily