Rental housing demand reaches all-time high this year

Rental housing demand reaches all-time high this year

The demand for private rental properties has sky-rocketed across England and Wales according to a new survey of private landlords, showing that now is the ideal time to consider renting out a property.

Figures have increased after the COVID pandemic, which previously saw many areas of the country’s private rental market struggle.

Research from the National Residential Landlords Association has found that 57% of landlords confirmed that demand for homes to rent has increased, whereas just 14% of landlords reported an increase in demand at the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

 

Landlords operating in London have seen a significant rise in demand for rental housing, post-pandemic, as workers begin to return to the city – showing strong signs of a recovering market.

Landlords operating in outer London reported a 68% surge in demand, up from 16% in 2020.

In other regions, landlords operating in the South West reported the highest demand for rental property with 79%, followed by 74% in the South East, 73% in Wales, and 71% in the West Midlands.

 

Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the NRLA highlighted the importance of supporting responsible landlords to provide the homes we vitally need, adding: “Without this, it will ultimately be tenants that suffer as a result of less choice, higher rents, and the resulting difficulties they will encounter when looking to become homeowners.”

This comes after the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors raised concerns of a “mismatch between supply and demand,” which could ultimately see an increase in rent prices.

 

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