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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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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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PRS Tenants Could Be Hit With Rent Increases Despite Falling Inflation

PRS Tenants Could Be Hit With Rent Increases Despite Falling Inflation

PRS Tenants Could Be Hit With Rent Increases
Despite Falling Inflation

The increase in demand for rental properties in the UK’s private rental sector (PRS) from would-be tenants could drive local rental prices through the roof in some parts of the country according to a new report published by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).

According to data published in the latest ARLA monthly Private Rented Sector report 31% of letting agent members recorded an increase in the cost of monthly rent for rental properties in UK regions between January and February this year.

41% of letting agents in the South East of England reported landlords increasing rental prices for their properties. However, in Wales only 13% of letting agents reported landlords increasing rental asking prices.

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Increase In Mortgage Lending Reported By CML

Increase In Mortgage Lending Reported By CML

Property Market Remains Healthy As Gross Mortgage Lending Rise Reported By UK Council Of Mortgage Lenders

There are plenty of media reports suggesting that the UK property market may have stalled and some economists have even gone so far as to predict another property price crash may be on the cards.

However new figures published by the CML show that these statements are far from true as there has been a considerable rise in the value of gross mortgage lending recorded in the UK over the last month.

Figures published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) highlight a significant rise in mortgage lending volume during October 2014, with gross mortgage borrowing increasing by 5% from September this year to £19 Billion (GBP) making the total gross lending value 8% higher than during October 2013.

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Tenants Fighting Each Other Over Rental Properties As Supply Drops And Demand Increases

Tenants Fighting Each Other Over Rental Properties As Supply Drops And Demand Increases

Tenants Fighting Each Other Over Rental Properties
As Supply Drops And Demand Increases

Tenants looking to rent in the UK’s private rented sector face competition from other would be tenants as demand increases and supply contracts, according the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).

ARLA’s latest report has discovered that 68% of landlords surveyed reported more interested tenants than available rental properties.

This is the largest successive increase in tenant demand in the last 12 months, with tenant demand figures up from 46% in Q3 2013, 54% in Q1 2014, 59% in Q2 2014; meaning an increase of 9% between the second and third quarters of the year to date.

The tenant demand data is reinforced by the fact that supply of suitable rental properties in the private rental sector has decreased in the last quarter, with ARLA letting agent members recording a 6% drop in the average number of managed Buy To Let properties on their books, down from 143 to 135 per member agency.

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Local Authorities Urged To Build More Private Rental Sector Properties

Local Authorities Urged To Build More Private Rental Sector Properties

Local Authorities Urged To Promote Institutional Investment In Private Rented Sector Over Home Ownership

According to the report “Making Renting Viable“ commissioned by the British Property Foundation (BPF) and conducted by a leading London law firm; more UK local authorities should focus on building new residential properties for the private rented sector to encourage institutional investment instead of promoting local homeownership.

The British Property Foundation and Addleshaw Goddard who conducted the survey, reckon that UK local authorities should earmark land within their council boundaries for private rented sector (PRS) properties and set housing development targets to encourage pension funds and other institutions to invest more in the private rented sector.

Partner at Addleshaw Goddard, Marnix Elsenaar, said: “It’s vital councils recognise both the need for an institutional private rented sector that’s not the same as buy-to-let, while ministers should update planning guidance to make building for rent economically viable. Residential property was seen as more difficult than renting out a commercial office block, but the landscape has changed. Institutions want reliable, long-term returns and they should see a good degree of income growth in the private rented sector.

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Surge In New Buy-To-Let Mortgage Products Confirms Rental Property Revolution

Surge In New Buy-To-Let Mortgage Products Confirms Rental Property Revolution

Surge In New Buy-To-Let Mortgage Products Confirms
Rental Property Revolution

A number of market leading lenders have introduced improved Buy-To-Let mortgage products to meet the growing demand for portfolio expansion by UK landlords.

The surge in the number of new mortgage products coming to market confirms that the UK buy-to-let industry is growing across the whole of the UK and there are even more BTL products still awaiting launch dates from lenders.

Paragon Mortgages has introduced a new Buy-To-Let mortgage product for single unit properties, Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) and multi-unit blocks; the rate is fixed at an initial 5.49% for a maximum Loan-To-Value (LTV) of 75% with a 2% product fee.

The Post Office, (and its financial services partner the Bank of Ireland) have also entered the Buy-To-Let mortgage market, launching a range of buy-to-let mortgages at 60% and 75% LTV – some of their BTL mortgage products don’t even have an arrangement fee and include free valuation.  

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UK PRS Landlords Expect Tenant Demand To Increase

UK PRS Landlords Expect Tenant Demand To Increase

42% Of UK PRS Landlords Plan 2014 Rent Increases

According to the latest survey by specialist house share website, Spareroom.co.uk, 42% of UK private rented sector landlords expect to increase rental prices over the next 12 months and of those some 26% are planning to increase rents by more than 3%, which is significantly higher than inflation.

In their latest Rental Index, Spareroom revealed the average cost of a double bedroom in a shared house increased by 4.5% in the final quarter of 2013, reaching a new average of £507 (GBP) per calendar month.

Room rents in London also saw a rise in prices, with an increase of 2% over the same time frame, meaning the average cost of a double room in a shared house in the nation’s capital is now at an average cost of £676 (GBP) per calendar month.

Whilst some landlords plan to increase rental prices, 58% of Spareroom’s Rental Index respondents stated that they will not be raising rents and 5% of UK PRS landlords claimed that they intend to reduce rents during 2014. 

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UK PRS Landlords Expect Tenant Demand To Increase

UK PRS Landlords Expect Tenant Demand To Increase

UK PRS Landlords Confident About Continued

Strong Tenant Demand

As we reported yesterday (UK Property Boom ContinuesSpotlight – 7th January 2014), the private rented sector boom looks set to continue throughout 2014 and a recent survey conducted by LSL Property Services, has discovered that six in ten UK private rented sector landlords agree.

The LSL survey of 2,195 private rental sector landlords found:

  • 58% of UK PRS landlords are confident that tenant demand will continue to increase over the next twelve months
  • 41% of UK PRS landlords reported growth in tenant demand in past six months
  • 16% of UK PRS landlords expanded rental property portfolios during 2013
  • 18% of UK PRS landlords expect to expand their rental property portfolios in 2014
  • 10% of UK PRS landlords expect tenant demand to fall
  • 6% of UK PRS landlords experienced a drop in tenant demand
  • 77% of UK PRS landlords believe now is a good time to buy or sell rental property
  • 71% of landlords cited attractive property prices
  • 50% of UK PRS landlords highlighted better capital returns on offer compared to other types of investments
  • 47% of landlords said that strong tenant demand was a key investment driver

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Will Your Property Be Affected By Fracking?

Will Your Property Be Affected By Fracking?

Fracking Concerns Ignored By Local Authorities And Government

There is a great deal of speculation and controversy surrounding the latest methods for extracting natural gas from under our feet, a process known as “Fracking” where a toxic mixture of chemicals are pumped into well heads to release gases trapped in the underlying bedrock.

The process is designed to fracture the rock strata, allowing gas to escape and rise to the surface and the controversial method is already being exploited widely in some states in the USA, with alarming results. Minor earth tremors are being caused and ground water is becoming saturated with methane and other flammable gases and some residents living near the remote drilling sites have to rely on bottled supplies to be able to drink and water cattle, however the companies controlling the drilling are happy to pay people off and ignore what they are being told.

Here in the UK, gas companies have identified potential sites that they reckon hold enough natural gas reserves to last for the next 30-40 years, unfortunately these areas are also heavily populated, not like in the USA.

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