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Private Rented Sector Report - December 2017

RENTAL STOCK REACHES RECORD HIGH

Key Findings

  • The number of properties managed per branch rose by four per cent in December
  • The percentage of tenants experiencing rent increases remained the same
  • The number of tenants registered per branch increased

Supply of rental stock

  • The number of properties letting agents managed rose from 192 in November, to 200 in December – the highest since records began.
  • This is six per cent higher than December 2016 when agents managed 188 properties on average per branch.

Rent prices

  • The percentage of tenants experiencing rent increases remained at 16 per cent in December – the same amount as November when it fell to the lowest level since regards began in January 2015.
  • In line with this, the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions decreased from three per cent in November to 2.6 per cent in December, indicating a seasonal slowdown in the number of contract negotiations. 

Demand for rental properties

  • Demand for rental properties increased marginally in December, from 58 prospective tenants registered per branch in November, to 59.

David Cox

David Cox

Chief Executive

“London is officially the most expensive city to rent a property in Europe, according to recent data from ECA International. This could be due to the fact letting agents in the capital are only managing an average of 130 properties – 35 per cent lower than the national average and the lowest level in the country. We need to tackle housing stock to reverse this and stop seeing rents increasing for tenants. The cost of living is already rising at an unsustainable rate and with the added pressures of rising rent costs, the dream of homeownership falls out of reach for many, even with the Government cutting stamp duty for first-time buyers.

“However, it’s positive that we finished the year with the number of properties available for tenants at a record high. Here’s to a positive year for renters; cheaper rents, good living standards and a rental market which works for everyone.”

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