A fifth of rental homes are let within 2 weeks

A fifth of rental homes are let within 2 weeks

0:05 AM, 8th December 2022, About A year ago 2

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In Britain’s fastest-moving rental markets, up to 30% of homes are being snapped up by eager tenants within two weeks of being listed, research reveals.

Market analysis from Ocasa, the specialist rental platform, found that high demand continues to drive up rental values.

The firm points out that Britain’s rental market ‘has flown under the radar’ in recent months with the sales market attracting most of the media coverage and political debate.

However, rent values across England in 2022 have experienced the highest 12-month growth rate since 2008 – and it’s a similar story across the rest of Britain’s nations.

Rent prices have been pushed up by strong demand

And just like in the sales market, the country’s rent prices have been pushed up by strong demand and low stock – which is leading to some very fast-moving rental markets.

Across Britain, 17% of rental homes entering the market are being snapped up by tenants within two weeks of being listed.

The East of England is home to the fastest-moving regional market with 24% of rental homes being grabbed by eager renters within a fortnight of becoming available.

In London, 20% of homes are taken within two weeks, while the speed of the South West (19%) and South East (17%) rental markets also rank above the national average.

The North East (16%), and Scotland (16%) are close behind.

However, Yorkshire and Humber (10%), Wales (10%), and the East Midlands (12%) are all well below the national average.

Fastest-moving rental market is found in Bradford

On a city level, the fastest-moving rental market is found in Bradford, West Yorkshire, where 30% of properties are snapped up within two weeks of listing.

In Glasgow, this number drops to 26%, in London, it’s down to 20%, and in Bristol. 17% of the stock is rented within a fortnight.

In comparison, Leeds (7%), Liverpool (7%), Leicester (8%), and Cardiff (9%) are home to slower-moving markets.

‘High demand for rental properties’

Jack Godby, Ocasa’s sales and marketing director, said: “Tenants are facing a very tough time at present, as not only is the cost-of-living crisis stretching their finances, but high demand for rental properties is also pushing the cost of renting ever higher.

“As such, tenants with tight incomes are losing out to those whose pockets are deeper but still not deep enough to entertain the idea of buying in today’s frantic sales market.

“It doesn’t bode well for renters on low incomes. A cost-of-living crisis, inflation rises, and recently-announced tax increases mean real income is set to shrink.”

He added: “It used to be that home ownership was the driving aspiration that we looked towards. Today, however, we’re getting dangerously close to a point where, for many people, simply renting a good home is a very tough task in itself.”

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Contended Ted

12:30 PM, 8th December 2022, About A year ago

The article doesn’t match my experience so I thought I would check out “Ocasa” who had done this market analysis. When I looked at their properties on rightmove they seemed to have smart properties (rooms) that are all inclusive. However, their reviews from customers tell a different story. I have had no problem with getting excellent tenants quickly in an assortment of towns and counties for 18 years, so these stats are meaningless and certainly don’t reflect the current market.


14:09 PM, 8th December 2022, About A year ago

Mine go on the first day with several offers, some over the advertised rent. This may change of course but has been the case for more than two years

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