Big Increase in supply of rental housing stock

Headlines to yesterdays press release from The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) reads ‘Supply Of Rental Housing Has Increased To An 18 Month High’

 
David Cox, Managing Director, Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA), said: “This month’s findings paint a really positive picture for renters. Although demand is rising, we’ve seen this happen gradually over the course of the year, and would expect it to slow again in line with seasonal trends over the next few months. On the other hand, the supply of rental stock has risen astronomically, which suggest it’s not quite right that landlords are pulling out of the market as a result of Brexit. This is supported in our findings, which reveal the number of landlords selling their buy-to-let properties hasn’t changed since April, when three landlords were selling up per branch.

“It’s good to see less landlords hiking rents this month, but 24 per cent is still too high. The cost of renting is already high in many parts of the country and until the Government converts its pledges and promises into bricks and mortar, we won’t see renters reach a position where they’re able to save to get on the housing ladder. It will be interesting to see how this is tackled in the upcoming Autumn Statement”.

Read the ARLA press release ‘Supply of rental housing has increased to an 18 month high’ (Oct 2016) in full and September Private Rental Sector (PRS) report click here.

 

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

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