2015 Archive - Private Rented Sector Reports

Browse through our Private Rented Sector Reports to see what affected the industry in 2015. Our monthly reports are generated feedback we receive from our members.

January 2015

One in four Letting Agents report an increase in monthly rent in the New Year

Key findings:

  • On average, each member branch surveyed managed 184 properties in January
  • Over a quarter of member agents (27%) said that rents increased between December 2014 and January 2015

February 2015

A third of agents report increased rents in February

Key findings:

  • Members reported an average of 40 prospective tenants per branch in February, up from 38 in January
  • Almost a third of agents (31%) said that rents increased between January and February

March 2015

Labour's three year tenancy proposals will deplete rental housing stock

Key findings:

  • Three quarters of letting agents concerned Labour’s three-year tenancy proposal will see landlords exit the market and reduce supply
  • Over a third of member agents agree the Conservatives’ pledge to build 200,000 new starter homes will benefit the private rental sector the most

April 2015

A third of letting agents saw rents increase in April

Key findings:

  • Three in ten (32%) member letting agents reported that rents increased in April
  • In London, the average number of landlords per branch selling their buy to let properties doubled between March and April

May 2015

Rental demand continues to outstrip supply as number of available properties plunges

Key findings:

  • The number of rental properties available per branch down seven per cent in May, lowest level this year
  • A third of agents report rent increases this month

June 2015

A third of letting agents report rent increases in June

Key findings:

  • Over a third of letting agents saw rent increases last month, the highest recorded this year
  • A third of agents saw an increase in enquiries for short term lets in June

July 2015

Supply of rental housing sees increase

Key findings:

  • Available rental housing rises, whilst demand dips in July
  • A third of ARLA agents expect supply to continue increasing over the next five years

August 2015

Landlords slow down on rent hikes

Key findings:

  • The number of landlords increasing rents for tenants has decreased from last month
  • The available of houses to rent falls in August whilst demand rises

September 2015

Renters in the West Midlands suffer the most with rent increases

Key findings:

  • Three in five letting agents in the West Midlands saw rent increases for tenants this month
  • Supply in London still remains an issue

October 2015

Landlords put the brakes on rent hikes

Key findings:

  • A quarter of letting agents report rent hikes for tenants – the lowest this year
  • Supply of rental properties dips alongside demand

November 2015

Buy to let stamp duty triggers pessimism amongst letting agents

Key findings:

  • Two in five (40%) letting agents predict supply will decrease, a sharp rise from October
  • Only 23% of letting agents report rent hikes for tenants – the lowest this year

December 2015

'Calm before the buy to let storm' as supply and demand drops

Key findings:

  • Number of prospective tenants dropped 15 per cent in December, while supply also marginally decreased
  • A quarter of agents see uplift in BTL investments as landlords rush to get in before April deadline

January 2015

One in four Letting Agents report an increase in monthly rent in the New Year

Key findings:

  • On average, each member branch surveyed managed 184 properties in January.
  • Over a quarter of member agents (27%) said that rents increased between December 2014 and January 2015.

February 2015

A third of agents report increased rents in February

Key findings:

  • Members reported an average of 40 prospective tenants per branch in February, up from 38 in January
  • Almost a third of agents (31%) said that rents increased between January and February

March 2015

Labour's three year tenancy proposals will deplete rental housing stock

Key findings:

  • Three quarters of letting agents concerned Labour’s three-year tenancy proposal will see landlords exit the market and reduce supply
  • Over a third of member agents agree the Conservatives’ pledge to build 200,000 new starter homes will benefit the private rental sector the most

April 2015

A third of letting agents saw rents increase in April

Key findings:

  • Three in ten (32%) member letting agents reported that rents increased in April
  • In London, the average number of landlords per branch selling their buy to let properties doubled between March and April

May 2015

Rental demand continues to outstrip supply as number of available properties plunges

Key findings:

  • The number of rental properties available per branch down seven per cent in May, lowest level this year
  • A third of agents report rent increases this month

June 2015

A third of letting agents report rent increases in June

Key findings:

  • Over a third of letting agents saw rent increases last month, the highest recorded this year
  • A third of agents saw an increase in enquiries for short term lets in June

July 2015

Supply of rental housing sees increase

Key findings:

  • Available rental housing rises, whilst demand dips in July
  • A third of ARLA agents expect supply to continue increasing over the next five years

August 2015

Landlords slow down on rent hikes 

Key findings:

  • The number of landlords increasing rents for tenants has decreased from last month
  • The available of houses to rent falls in August whilst demand rises

September 2015

Renters in the West Midlands suffer the most with rent increases

Key findings:

  • Three in five letting agents in the West Midlands saw rent increases for tenants this month
  • Supply in London still remains an issue

October 2015

Landlords put the brakes on rent hikes

Key findings:

  • A quarter of letting agents report rent hikes for tenants – the lowest this year
  • Supply of rental properties dips alongside demand

November 2015

Buy to let stamp duty triggers pessimism amongst letting agents

Key findings:

  • Two in five (40%) letting agents predict supply will decrease, a sharp rise from October
  • Only 23% of letting agents report rent hikes for tenants – the lowest this year

December 2015

'Calm before the buy to let storm' as supply and demand drops 

Key findings:

  • Number of prospective tenants dropped 15 per cent in December, while supply also marginally decreased
  • A quarter of agents see uplift in BTL investments as landlords rush to get in before April deadline

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