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Generation Rent is a pretty disgruntled bunch if a new survey is to be believed. More than half feel they have been ripped off by their landlord, with a failure to make repairs to their homes the number one gripe.
According to the study by loans company Ocean Finance, more than half (52 per cent) of 18 to 24 year olds currently rent, and 46 per cent of those aged 24 to 34 do the same. More than one in five (22 per cent) of those aged 35 to 44 are also in rented accommodation.
Half of all tenants in the UK feel a private sector landlord or letting agent has ripped them off with failure to get repairs done the top reason behind this feeling, new research shows.
Here is a seven point plan to reduce the stress of renting, so you can enjoy your Young Ones years to the full:
1. The internet is a brilliant way to research rental opportunities and get a good idea of what typical properties cost, but Gordon Hood, head of the lettings department at Knight Frank in Ascot, Surrey, recommends showing your face to local agents once you know what you are after. “It is great to meet the individual or couple when they come into the office, we can gleam a great deal more about their requirements and ensure we can find them the best possible property for them in the quickest possible time,” he said.
2. Use technology to help you. Rebecca Warren, lettings director at Chestertons in Hyde Park, said: “Once you know where you want to be Zoopla has a map search function that allows you to draw the desired areas and will show the availability within that area, you can then set up an alert so any new instructions are sent over immediately to you.”
3. Check out the small print when signing up for a house or flat. Jenny Kimmings, lettings manager of Hamptons International in Marlborough, says it is crucial to understand exactly what you are agreeing to. “Check any special conditions written into the tenancy agreement, for example a break clause if you have agreed one, or you will find yourself tied in when you don’t think you are,” she said. “Or perhaps the landlord has agreed to redecorate before you move in. Anything agreed verbally like that would need to be in the tenancy agreement.” It is also important to ask your agent what fees you are going to be charged – and if you will be charged again as and when you renew your lease.
4. Make sure your deposit is going to be held in a Government-approved tenancy deposit scheme, so the landlord can’t just keep it when you leave, and make sure a full and accurate inventory of the state of the property is made when you move on so you don’t get blamed for damage.
5. Although landlords can be frustrating Nicola Merry, lettings manager at Kay & Co says the best way to handle them is to be a model tenant they won’t want to lose – that way they are likely to try and keep you happy. That means paying rent on time, responding politely and quickly if they get in touch, and taking care of the property. It is always nice to meet with your new landlord before moving in, especially if they are they managing the property themselves,” she added. “It helps build a rapport especially if renting for the long term, which can be invaluable if problems arise during the tenancy.” “
6. If your problems are really severe and you suspect laws are being broken your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau or campaigning charity Shelter will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
7. Lack of space is a common gripe for renters. If your possessions are spilling out of control consider renting a self-storage space to stash your treasures until you have a place of your own. Make sure to shop around to get the best deal. Aussie Man and Van, for example, offers storage in London for £9.95 plus VAT per week for a 175 cubic ft space.
To let: Pick of the rentals…
1. Live in total James Bondesque luxury in this Knightsbridge pad, available for £50,000 a week (and no, this is not a typing error).
2. Make a life changing move to an adorable thatched cottage in Cornwall, yours for £345 a week.
3. Young professionals in Manchester will love this three bedroom warehouse flat in the fashionable Northern Quarter, on at £288 a week.
4. Or live in the centre of Liverpool in a lovely listed townhouse, available at £387 a week.
The cost of renting a home increased by 0.6 per cent during May as the returns made by investment landlords hit a four-year high, figures showed today.
The typical property in England and Wales cost £745 a month to rent in May, the highest level since December last year.
But despite the jump, rents have only risen by 1.1 per cent during the past year, compared with inflation of 1.5 per cent, as measured by the consumer prices index, according to LSL Property Services.
The group, which owns the UK’s largest lettings agent network, said it was the twelfth consecutive month in which annual rent rises had been below the rate of inflation.
In absolute terms, the cost of renting a home has risen by just £8 during the 12 months to the end of May.
David Newnes, director of estate agents Reeds Rains and Your Move, part of LSL Property Services, said: “Private renting is becoming cheaper in real terms. May’s latest sub-inflation rent rises will help over nine million tenants.
“To put that in context, this is more than a hundred times as many households as have benefited from Help to Buy in its initial stages so far.”
Landlords continued to make gross yields on a property of 5.1 per cent on average during May, unchanged from April.
But when house price growth was taken into account, along with void periods between tenants, total annual returns on a buy-to-let property soared to a four-year high of 12.2 per cent.
The figure was more than double the total return of 5.3 per cent recorded in the 12 months to May 2013.
As a result, the average landlord has seen a return of £20,133 in the past 12 months, with £8,107 coming from rent and £12,026 from capital appreciation.
Tenant arrears also improved during the month, with arrears standing at 7 per cent of all rent due, compared with 8.2 per cent a year ago.
Rents in seven out of 10 regions of England and Wales are now higher than they were a year ago.
The South West saw the fastest annual increase, with the typical monthly rent 3.9 per cent higher than it was in May last year at £657.
It was followed by the East Midlands, where rents have risen by 3.8 per cent in the past year to £575, and the North West, where they are now 2.3 per cent higher at £584.
But the annual rate at which rents in London are increasing has slowed down to 1 per cent, compared with a peak of 7.9 per cent in early 2013.
Despite this, London still remains the most expensive place to rent a home at an average of £1,124 a month.
Three regions of the country recorded rent falls during the past 12 months, with the cost of letting a home dropping by 3.6 per cent in the North East and by 2.3 per cent and 0.4 per cent in the East of England and West Midlands respectively.
Britain’s smallest £1m property offered less space than a London Underground Tube carriage, it was revealed last month. Zoopla looks at what other properties of a similar size are currently on the market to buy or rent.
It hasn’t always been regarded as the most glamorous of places. But Walthamstow’s award winning restaurants, leafy village feel, and popular market mean it is has now arrived on the official wall of cool in terms of places to live.
And higher demand for accommodation in the area means higher prices.
A one bedroom loft conversion in the E17′s Queens Road is available to rent at £173 a week, the equivalent of almost £750 a month.
The accommodation consists of an open place kitchen and living room, a double bedroom and a new fully tiled shower room.
It is within easy walking distance of Walthanstow Central and Queens Road mainline states.
For those looking for something more central, a studio in West Kensington is available to rent for £325 a month.
Found just off the popular North End Road, the accommodation is fully furnished with a single bed, an open plane kitchenette and its own shower. The toilet is shared.
A waterside retreat in Kent is available for £60,000 and includes a double bedroom, shower room, kitchen and a spacious lounge.
The windows on three sides means this bespoke purpose built houseboat is flooded with light.
It is fully centrally heated and full finished, meaning that the new owner can move straight in.
Outside, there are terraces at either end of the boat and a ladder leading to a roof terrace.
After it was revealed last week that Britain’s smallest £1m property offered less space than a London Underground tube carriage, Zoopla looks at what other properties of a similar size are currently on the market to buy or rent.
A one bedroom property offering a living room and a bedroom – both measuring 2.8m by 2.6m each – is being offered for sale in South East London.
For £125,000, it also comes with a kitchen, shower room and sole use of a patio garden.
Similar ‘tube carriage sized’ properties are also available on the rental market.
An unfurnished studio flat in New Malden is available to rent for £650 a month. With only an electricity bill to pay, it is described by the agent as being in a ‘great location and priced to let quickly’.
A more luxurious rental is available in Roehampton at £1,200 a month. The property is brand new and includes a breakfast bar, high gloss kitchen and porcelain tiles in the bathroom.
It is described by Carringtons, the agent handling the sale, as being in a peaceful and quiet, affluent area with plenty of free parking and close to all amenities. It is 10 minutes by car to Putney town centre. Gas, water and council tax bills are included in the price.
If you are looking to rent a house for £1,000 a month, what is on offer? Zoopla finds 10 properties that fit the bill.
1. Four bedroom semi-detached house in Hebden Bridge, near Bradford
2. Two bedroom terraced house in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
3. Three bedroom detached house in Corbridge, Northumberland
4. Four bedroom semi-detached house in Billingham, near Middlesbrough
5. Four bedroom house in Looe, near Plymouth
6. Four bedroom detached house in King’s Lynn
7. Three bedroom cottage in Macclesfield
8. Three bedroom house in Dorchester, Dorset
9. Three bedroom detached house in Penrith
10. Four bedroom detached house in Winchcombe, Cheltenham