NRLA calls for more rented homes to meet growing tenant demand

NRLA calls for more rented homes to meet growing tenant demand

0:04 AM, 13th February 2024, About A week ago 5

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The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is urging the Government to address the growing gap between the demand and supply of private rented housing, as new research shows a sharp rise in tenant enquiries.

According to an NRLA survey, 63% of landlords reported increased demand from tenants in the last quarter of 2020, compared to 25% in the same period in 2019.

This reflects the impact of the pandemic on the housing market, as well as other factors such as migration, demographics and affordability.

Demand for private rented housing is growing

The NRLA’s chief executive, Ben Beadle, said: “The demand for private rented housing is only set to grow.

“As it does, would-be tenants will face the reality that there are not enough homes to meet their needs.

“This is a result of deliberate efforts using the tax system to dampen supply.”

He added: “The country needs more of every type of housing, and that has to include new homes for private rent.

“The quicker the Government takes this into account, the sooner we can relieve the struggles renters face when finding a place to call home.”

Private rented housing demand will continue to rise

The NRLA is warning that the demand for private rented housing will continue to rise in the coming years, citing evidence from various sources in its Budget submission to the Treasury. These include:

  • UCAS projections that show there could be a million applicants for higher education in a single year in 2030, almost a third higher than in 2022
  • The Office for National Statistics data that show the number of those aged 15-29 is set to increase by over 6% over the next decade
  • Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that net migration flows are likely to settle at 245,000 annually by 2026/27. Data shows that migrants are three times more likely to be in private rented accommodation than the UK-born population.
  • First time buyers will continue struggling to get onto the housing ladder.

Landlords are far more likely to sell

The NRLA’s survey data also shows that landlords are far more likely to sell rather than invest in new properties to rent.

Whilst 11% plan to increase the number of homes they let, 30% plan to cut the number of properties they own.

The NRLA is calling on the Chancellor to scrap damaging tax hikes which cause misery for tenants.

It also says that the Treasury needs to end the 3% stamp duty levy on the purchase of homes to let.

This step could see nearly 900,000 new private rented homes being made available across the UK over the next 10 years, according to Capital Economics.

The move would also lead to a £10 billion boost to Treasury revenue through increased income and corporation tax receipts.

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Cider Drinker

9:16 AM, 13th February 2024, About A week ago

The reason tenant demand is so high is because house prices are too high, deposits are too high and net migration is too high.

Reluctant Landlord

10:07 AM, 13th February 2024, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Cider Drinker at 13/02/2024 - 09:16
...because the PRS is being hounded, landed with more costs (Selective Licencing etc), more red tape and legislation, wrongly taxed, being discriminated against by the inefficient courts system, being walked over by tenants, and just bloody well fed up of being told we are part of the reason for the housing crisis!

Seething Landlord

12:04 PM, 13th February 2024, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Cider Drinker at 13/02/2024 - 09:16
I think you are wrong on all points. Tenant demand is so high due to lack of supply, it is not that house prices and deposits are too high but that wages are too low, net migration at a fairly high level is necessary because the indigenous working age population is not prepared/sufficiently trained or educated to do the work needed to sustain the economy/NHS/care sector etc.


14:42 PM, 13th February 2024, About A week ago

Are some local authorities deliberately making it harder for small landlords? I am told they prefer to deal with big landlords with 50 plus properties as they are more professional and easier to deal with. I also get told that some housing associations do not need to have annual licences for all their properties. It has been said locally that rentals that get sold are not an issue. The property still exists and is still lived in so not a net loss to the housing market. A proportion going to Air BnB or similar is fine as it allows short term lets to contractors etc and increase in tourist revenue to grow. It was also pointed out that areas that increase the proportion of owner occupiers see a decline in anti social behaviour. Is this all correct?

Michael Booth

15:49 PM, 14th February 2024, About A week ago

Keep saying this goverment you reap what you sew, keep demonising the landlords ,prs council sl, tax, lets talk facts we has landlords are now boarder control officers social workers, aswell has the usual landlord activities l am afraid after 25 years of my experience of the systamatic bashing of landlords l am leaving with the resulting 15 family members homeless WELL DONE SHELTER, COUNCILS,AND GOVERMENT.

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