UK residential rental market expected to remain buoyant, says RICS
Residential property rents in the UK rose further in the three months to April, as fresh tenant demand continued to exceed new instructions, according to the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Some 13% more chartered surveyors reported rents rose rather than fell in the three months to April. This growth was largely driven by increasing demand as a net balance of 15% more respondents reported rises in prospective tenants, with houses in greater demand than flats.
Rental values in the UK have now grown consistently since 2009 as the problem of unaffordable mortgage finance and large deposits required by lenders remain a barrier to home ownership, with many potential buyers forced to turn to the rental market.
Significantly, supply of property to the market continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace, with seven percent more surveyors reporting increases rather than decreases in landlords looking to let their properties.Posted on the 1st June, 2012
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