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Rents in UK expected to continue to rise over next 5 years according to RICS

The latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey – July 2018 released today headlines ‘Rents to continue to rise, as supply of new property to let drops again’.

The survey highlights the continued reduction of new property being put on the market in the lettings sector with 22% more respondents seeing a fall rather than rise in New Landlord Instructions. This is the eighth consecutive quarter in which this indicator has recorded a negative number.

The surevey reveals that the sales market remains broadly flat at the national level, little different from that reported in June.

Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief Economist said:
“The impact of recent and ongoing tax changes is clearly having a material impact on the Buy to Let sector as intended. The risk, as we have highlighted previously, is that a reduced pipeline of supply will gradually feed through into higher rents in the absence of either a significant uplift in the Build to Rent programme or government funded social housing. At the present time, there is little evidence that either is likely to make up the shortfall. This augers ill for those many households for whom owner occupation is either out of reach financially or just not a suitable tenure.”
Read the latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey – July 2018 in full click here.



Allen Walkey

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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