Forget buying to let – renting out a beach hut is where the money is

Renting out a beach hut in this Dorset location will give you more rental income than a Kensington flat

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Thinking of making a buy to let investment? You might want to consider going about it a bit differently – by investing in a beach hut rather than a residential property. The latest figures* reveal that if you're the lucky owner of a beach hut in a prime seaside location, you could be looking at generating more income rental than from a flat in a prime urban location.

The most lucrative beach huts are to be found in the gorgeous seaside area of Mudeford near Christchurch, Dorset. A beach hut there will cost you in the region of £200,000, but the monthly rental income you can generate is as much as an eye-watering £3,800 per month, making a beach hut in this area a better investment than a flat in Kensington. 

Other areas in the south of England are also very attractive for potential investors and include Whitstable and Bournemouth. Renting out a beach hut in these areas can yield as much as £1,500 per month. Southwold, Suffolk, and Sandbanks, Poole, are also popular beach hut destinations with great buy-to-let potential. 

With staycations on the rise, and British beaches as popular as ever, it's easy to see why beach huts fetch such high rental premiums – guests can't always stay overnight in them (depending on local council rules), but you can't get any closer to the sea than a beach hut and they make the perfect base for a family day out. 

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*Rental figures collated by letting platform Howsy (opens in new tab)

Anna is Content Editor at Real Homes. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening. At Real Homes, she covers a range of topics, from practical advice to interior and garden design.