What do London tenants want?
If you’re a landlord looking to attract new tenants, it helps to know what they’re looking for. The findings of a new survey could help.
Last month, London property agent Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward polled 2,000 tenants across its 60 London branches. What the London Tenant Barometer 2020 reveals gives an interesting insight into the wants and needs of people renting in the capital.
The KFH survey reveals that:
- For 66% of tenants affordability is the most important issue when they are looking for a property
- Security of tenure is important to 82% of renters
- Outdoor space has become more important since the start of the pandemic to more than half (58%) of the tenants polled; and
- Almost three quarters of the tenants that KFH surveyed (71%) say they are happy with their rented home.
Good news for landlords then. And they can also take heart from the fact that being happy with their tenancy means renters are now looking for longer leases. Nearly 40% of tenants told KFH they prefer leases of at least 18 months and more than a third are looking for a lease of three years or more. Fewer voids means lower costs for landlords so lease length is clearly a topic worth discussing with potential tenants.
With so many of us spending so much more time at home this year, rapid and reliable broadband is top of the wish list for 48% of tenants, while a dedicated space to work is important for 44% of the renters that KFH spoke to. Unsurprisingly, after years of taking commuting for granted as one of the downsides of London life, more than half of renters (51%) are also rethinking their journey times.
This means that more than 40% of tenants living in Zones 1 and 2 would consider moving to Zone 3, while 46% of tenants in Zone 3 would consider going as far out of town as Zone 6 or beyond.
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Author : Maryanne Bowring
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