Thursday 12 February 2015

Hot Property in Cold Weather

What has the lettings market of 2015 told us thus far?

We have found in the past that January was an extremely busy month. Up until 2013 we would say it was the busiest month of the first two quarters. This was driven by relationships made and broken over Christmas and New Year’s resolutions to find a new home. We found that one and two bedroom properties were most popular in the early part of the year leading up to Spring.

2014 and 2015 have been different. A different trend is emerging.

This year and last we have noticed that there is a much higher demand for three and four bedroom homes. These offer a lower rent per person and are being snapped up quicker than they would have been a couple of years ago. I feel the main contributing factor is that tenants are now looking for bargains to minimise their spend on rent every month. This has also led to more and more tenants pairing up through on room share sites and through flat-mating events (equivalent of speed dating for a flat mate, could lead to romance - who knows?). in summary the cheaper one and two bedroom flats will still let relatively quickly but any landlords looking to achieve a large rent increase will have to be a little more realistic or may end up being left disappointed with an unexpected void period!

And so we conclude… 2015 so far has left us hunting for bigger properties!

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