ARLA survey reveals new generation of ‘rooted renters’ in 2012
Tenants are staying longer and their rental requirements are changing, according to new research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).
The average length of tenancy in the UK has now increased to a record high of 20 months*. The increase has been attributed to the strong competition for new properties – 58% of ARLA member offices state that there are more tenants than properties available, an increase of two percent on the previous quarter.
Ian Potter, ARLA Managing Director, said, “The PRS is clearly picking the slack resulting from a flat housing market and the ongoing lack of mortgage finance. As tenants stay in properties for longer, the importance of regulation in the sector becomes even more pressing.”
The type of tenant seen by letting agents is also changing; 55% of new tenants are couples or young families who are struggling to purchase their first home. When asked, ARLA members said that ‘frustrated first time buyers’ were the most common group of renter they were encountering, ahead of those who prefer renting; those who have sold an existing property to rent; and those who have had their homes repossessed.
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