Tenants expect more rent rises

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Rightmove’s latest Consumer Rental Forecast finds that six in ten (60%) tenants expect to be paying more for their rented accommodation in 12 months’ time, up from 53% a year ago.

In a market where the supply of rental properties is failing to keep pace with high demand from tenants across most of the UK, the anticipation of upwards rental pressure is greater among tenants in London and the South East. 66% of tenants in London and 62% in the South East expect to be paying more for rented accommodation in a years’ time. This news is likely to be disheartening to tenants in these regions who are already feeling the squeeze on personal incomes more than most. 31% of tenants in the South East and 29% in London are already spending more than 50% of ‘take-home’ pay on rent, both above the national average of 26%.

Miles Shipside, director and housing market analyst at Rightmove, comments:
“The view from the majority of tenants across the country is that rents are only likely to go one way, and that’s up. London and the surrounding commuter belt of the South East have the greatest proportion of respondents predicting higher rents, suggesting that these markets are most at risk of ‘over-heating’ and most in need of further investment from investor-landlords. The continuing heat applied to rents is a double-whammy for the one in two tenants that would like to buy but can’t afford to. These ‘trapped renters’ are faced with the prospect of a downward spiral where spending more income on rent also means saving less for a deposit”.

5 Responses to “Tenants expect more rent rises”

  1. Sam Mamphey Says:

    Rents are rising all the time. Do they ever come down too?

  2. jackie allen Says:

    We dont increase rents for our tenants.Last one was in a house for 7 years and paid same til she left. Tenants we have now probably wont have increases.We respect good tenants and want to keep them!Fortunatly we dont have morgages so we can help out people who need homes.We regard our tenants as friends.

  3. Colin Says:

    Its about time legislation put a stop to greedy landlords and rental prices reflected a good deal for tenant and landlords

  4. sharad Says:

    Its amusing to think that there is no cartel or vested interests here when such research is published. The rentals in UK are artificially kept high and consumer behavior influenced using this supply demand logic. Maybe the demand is higher but it’s definitely not increasing at same pace as rentals or inflation. So it’s maybe time to publish a real research about how tenants are milked in this process.

  5. Mike Curie Says:

    We have not put up any rents for the last 2 years! and have reduce one or two, to help our tenants out. We believe that if you look after your tenants (that is the good ones), they will look after you by looking after the property and paying there rent when due etc. as we want to keep these teants that have the same idea! would be nice if all Landlords (and Tenants) felt the same?

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