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PRS Rental Price Growth Stalls

PRS Rental Price Growth Stalls

UK PRS Rental Price Growth Stalls

It was widely expected that UK private rented sector (PRS) rental prices would increase during the course of 2015, due to the lack of available rental properties on the market and continued strong demand from prospective tenants.

However, research by HomeLet found that the pace of rent rises had begun to slow in the three months prior to August 2015. Average PRS rental prices being charged to new tenants were only 1.6% higher than they were at the start of the year compared to the 2.2% rise that had been observed during the three months to August 2015.

PRS rents remain considerably higher than they were when figures are viewed on an annual basis, with average rental prices reaching £992 (GBP) in the three months to August, 10.5% higher than August 2014. 

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Government Issue Response To Tax Relief Petition

Government Issue Response To Tax Relief Petition

Government Issue Muted Response To Tax Relief Petition

The Government has published a response to the online petition that opposes the proposals to change the amount of tax relief on buy to let mortgages announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne, in the post election summer budget.

From April 2017 onwards landlords will only be able to claim the basic rate tax relief rather than the higher rate tax relief on buy to let mortgage payments. It is widely feared that the move will severely affect the profitability of the private rented sector (PRS).

The online petition to reverse the planned tax restrictions on individual landlords has attracted more than 23,600 signatures since being posted.

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PRS Rental Prices Keep Going Up

PRS Rental Prices Keep Going Up

PRS Rents Increase 2.5% In The Past Year

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) latest Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, tenants in the UK’s private rental sector (PRS) have seen rents increase by an average of 2.5% in the 12 months up to June 2015,.

Private rental prices increased across the whole of the British isles with rents increasing by:

  • 5% in England
  • 1% in Scotland
  • 8% in Wales

PRS rents increased across all English regions during the year with rental prices increasing by 3.8% in London, while the overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation stood at 0% over the same period.

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Letting Agents Confirm Rents Are Rising Again

Letting Agents Confirm Rents Are Rising Again

Letting Agents Confirm PRS Rents Are Rising Again

The latest report from the Association of Residential Letting Agents has discovered that 36% of ARLA registered letting agents reported private rented sector rent increases in June, taking PRS rental prices to their highest point since records began.

80% of ARLA letting agents surveyed expected private rental sector rents to continue to grow significantly over the next five years.

East Midlands letting agents reported 48% of tenants were charged increased rents, while letting agents in Wales only recorded 17% of tenants facing increased rental charges.

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UK Rental Prices Have Not Grown As Much As The Media Hype Suggests

UK Rental Prices Have Not Grown As Much As The Media Hype Suggests

UK Rental Price Growth Has Slowed Down
Everywhere Except London

The hype suggesting spiralling rental prices in the UK’s private rental sector (PRS) are out of control, has been previously used by tenants and even some agents to brow beat private sector landlords into lowering the expected monthly rental prices has been exposed as a myth by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Apart from the ridiculous rental situation in London, where rental prices for single dwellings are getting beyond affordable, landlords across the rest of the UK are lucky if property rental prices just about keep pace with inflation.

Private rental sector rental prices are flat in monetary terms when viewed year on year even if there has been some seasonal adjustment for the Spring & Summer lettings market.

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Owning Property Is Better For Financial Security

Owning Property Is Better For Financial Security

Mortgage Payments Vs Savings: Property Provides Better Returns Over Traditional Saving Methods

There was a report in the Daily Express last week that said property owners have saved more than others with traditional savings accounts and ISA’s.

The report reckoned that the Bank of England’s record low interest rate has saved property owners almost £20,000 (GBP) over the last six years in inflated mortgage payments. However traditional savers have lost out by almost the same amount, prompting calls for more help for savers and warnings that borrowing could create a new debt crisis.

Bank of England statistics reveal that the record low interest rate of 0.5%, reached 5 years ago today, has been a mixed blessing for the UK.

Interest rates started to tumble back in 2008 and by March 2009 the Bank of England’s base rate had reached 0.5%, promoting cheaper borrowing.

Property owners with a £100,000 Standard Variable Rate (SVR) mortgage could have saved almost £20,000 (GBP), because mortgage payments were around £3,300 (GBP) a year lower than they were in early 2008 before the financial crash ended the previous property boom.

Savers with £100,000 (GBP) in cash ISAs lost around £18,500 (GBP) over the same period.

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Rental Yields Drop As UK Residential Property Prices Rise

Rental Yields Drop As UK Residential Property Prices Rise

Property Price Increases Wipe Out Landlord Rental Yields

Residential property prices are rising so fast that they are outstripping rental price increases and some private sector landlords’ rental yields are suffering.

Landlord rental yields in the UK private rented sector (PRS) have fallen almost everywhere in the UK, and any rise in the rental prices are being outpaced by rising residential property prices.

Countrywide have said that in May 2013, rental yields declined everywhere in the UK except in the East of England (up 0.2% to 6.2%) and Scotland (up 0.1% to 5.8)

Rental yields in the South-West and the Midlands remained the same at 5.7% and 6.5% respectively. The greatest rental yields in the UK PRS are being achieved by landlords who own rental properties in Wales (6.6%), the Midlands (6.5%) and the North (6.4%).

Average monthly rents on two- and three-bedroom properties in the UK private rented sector increased up by 0.5% and 0.3% in May to £770 (GBP)and £884 (GBP) respectively, but rental prices for one-bed properties fell by 0.6% to £674 (GBP) and rents on four-bed properties were also down by 2.1% to £1,363 (GBP).

Wales had the greatest increase in average monthly rental prices, up 4.9% on April 2013, followed by Scotland (up 2.2%), the North (up 1%) and South-West (up 0.5%).

Despite some regional increases, the average monthly rental price in England, Scotland and Wales fell by 0.2% in May 2013, but rents are still 0.8% higher when viewed year-on-year.

The Midlands has seen the greatest decrease in average monthly rents, down 1.4% month-on-month, followed by the South-East and central London, both down 1.3%. Scotland has the lowest average monthly rent at £617 (GBP) per calendar month (pcm) and central London the highest at £2,340 (GBP) pcm.

Countrywide have taken their data from over 5,000 rental properties in the UK.

Nick Dunning, Commercial director at Countrywide said: “Despite the decrease in yields in May, rental yields remain strong and are providing attractive returns for buy-to-let property investors compared to other types of investment.”

March 2013 Sees PRS Rents up by 0.5%

UK PRS Rents Increase Again

UK PRS Rents Increase Again

UK private rented sector (PRS) rents increased for the first time in five months in March 2013, led by busy regions such as London, according to LSL Property Services. 

The latest figures reveal that average monthly PRS rents rose by 0.5% in March compared with February to reach an average of £735 (GBP). 

London private sector rents surged to a new average high of £1,106 (GBP) per month, following a 1.3% month-on-month increase.

The study, which has been running for five years, is based on rents achieved on 18,000 UK PRS rental properties, show that average rents in the capital are now £81 (GBP) higher year-on-year.

However, the increase in rents has left a greater number of tenants struggling to keep up.

Tenants’ finances worsened to levels not seen since before Christmas 2012, with 8.5% of all rent late or unpaid in March, compared with 7.4% in February.

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New LHA Rates For 1st April 2013 Announced

New LHA Rates For 1st April 2013 Announced

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has published its new Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates, which come into effect on the 1st April 2013.

LHA rates were frozen for a 12-month period until 31st March 2013. Future upratings, whilst still based on market rents, are limited to the rate of the September Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The LHA rates to be used in the first annual uprating in April 2013 were determined by rent officers and have been published on the VOA corporate website.

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Landlords Need To Be More Realistic With Rents

UK PRS Rent Becoming Unaffordable

UK PRS Rent Becoming Unaffordable

With the unprecedented tenant demand for private rented sector (PRS) property easing due to the approach to the festive period, it appears some landlords have set rental asking prices that are beyond the affordability of many tenants.

A London-based property company are advising landlords to be more  realistic when setting levels of rent and report that tenant affordability and an oversupply of properties are contributing to an ongoing correction in PRS rental prices in the capital.

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