Private Rented Sector Report: November 2020

Number of tenants experiencing rent increases has fallen for third month in a row

Key findings:

  • Less than a third of agents witnessed landlords increasing rents in November
  • Number of new prospective tenants fell during the month of November
  • Number of properties managed per branch increased

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell for the third month in a row, according to our November Private Rented Sector reports.

Less than one in three (28 per cent) agents witnessed landlords increasing rents compared to 37 per cent in October and 40 per cent in September. This is four percentage points lower than in November 2019, when the figure stood at 32 per cent.

Rent hikes

Figure 1: Number of tenants experiencing rent hikes year-on-year in November

The number of new prospective tenants fell in the month of November to an average of 65 prospective tenants registered per branch from an average of 88 in October. Regionally, the North West had the highest number of new tenants registered per branch with an average of 121, and Northern Ireland recorded the lowest number with an average of 26 registered per branch in November. 

Regional demand

Figure 2: Demand from new tenants by region in November

The number of properties managed per letting agent branch rose slightly from 213 in October to 214 in November. Year-on-year this is an all-time high for the month of November, with the previous record being 202 in November 2019.

The number of landlords selling their buy-to-let properties remained the same as October at four per branch in November. Year-on-year this is the same figure as November 2019.

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The consistency in this month’s figures exemplify the steadying wider rental market, with letting agents continuing to support landlords and their tenants during these ongoing difficult times. The continuing fall of increased rents in particular is testament to the understanding being shown across the sector. As the UK experiences ever changing lockdown measures and regional restrictions, it is vital that tenancies are maintained to keep the rent flowing, as the stability of the private rental sector is essential to the wider economy’s bounce back from the COVID-19 crisis.

mark Hayward

Mark Hayward
Chief Policy Advisor 
Propertymark