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London’s rental stock down 38% since last year

by LLP Reporter
22nd Aug 22 5:12 pm

Newly released data from estate agency, Chestertons, highlights a staggering 38% drop in the number of properties on the market to rent between July 2022 to July 2021, whilst the number of tenant enquiries increased by 60%.

With tenants already facing challenging conditions due to the cost of living crisis, Chestertons warns that market imbalances of this scale are causing tougher competition and further rent increases.

Illustrating this, the agency‘s data shows that there were 45% fewer landlords willing to lower their asking rents compared to the same month last year.

Confirming the upwards trend for London rents are the latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), released this month.

The figures reveal that London rents rose the most in five years as demand for rentals continued to exceed the supply of properties. Private rental prices in London grew 2.1% in the year to July. Although this is the lowest growth rate in England, the capital is quickly catching up with the acceleration in rents charged since the start of the year, the ONS says.

Richard Davies, MD of Chestertons said, “We continue to see tenants who are really struggling to secure a property in London due to the sheer volume of tenants that are fighting over each new rental property that comes onto the market.

“To try and avoid further disappointment, many tenants are offering to pay landlords more rent than they are asking for, but even this isn’t guaranteed to work.

“Given the drop in rents that landlords faced during the pandemic; some by as much as 30%; we are now operating in a landlord-driven market.”

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