Demand in rental market returns for the first time since recession began

The residential rental market is beginning to stabilise with property oversupply decreasing across the UK and the number of new tenancies increasing, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). Results from the latest ARLA survey of its members show that the historical decline in numbers of tenants, which led to a surplus of properties to rent, is coming to an end.

Ian Potter, Operations Manager of ARLA, said: “This shift in the balance of supply and demand is extremely significant for the private rented sector. It gives further evidence to suggest that the property market as a whole is getting back on its feet. This shift also indicates that confidence is rising among prospective tenants; it seems that people who delayed setting up home 12 months ago, now feel secure enough to proceed. Equally, those who historically have shared a rental property seem happy to set out independently.”

Historically, tenancy rose across all regions of the UK until the recession hit, when properties became harder to let and supply outweighed demand. This latest ARLA research also showed that the average void period of a rental home has dropped for the first time in more than a year, indicating that properties are being rented more quickly.

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