Thursday, 21 May 2015

Rents paid by tenants In Warrington are on the rise…

I was talking to a landlord from Stockton Heath the other day about what is happening to the level of rents that are being achieved in the Warrington property market. 
As we are a quarter of the way through 2015 i thought it would be a good idea to investigate what is happening to the rents in the Warrington area.

In terms of rents in Warrington, it appears that rents being achieved for new rentals (i.e. when the tenant moves out and new tenant moves in) have risen by 14% in the last 12 months. However, landlords with existing tenants, are generally not increasing their rents in line with this rate, as most landlords prefer to keep their existing tenant paying the same rent and have the peace of mind that their tenant remains thus reducing the risk of a void period.

It must be remembered rents nationally dropped by 7.8% over 2008/9, due to oversupply in the rental market in 2009.) A lot of the people who couldn't sell their property in Warrington in 2008/9 when the Credit Crunch hit in 2008, decided to let their house out instead of selling at a loss. In fact, the number of houses on the market in Warrington dropped by 27% between March 2008 and March 2010, a lot of which came on to the rental market in Warrington. However, looking at the longer term though, tenants have had it good because since the turn of the Millennium, average wages have grown by 46%, but rents outside London have only grown by 36% rental growth over this period.

I told the landlord that there is a lack of new rental properties in Warrington coming on the market, in fact according to Rightmove, there is an average of 105 new rental properties are coming to the market each month in Warrington, but when we have registered on average 210 potential tenants each month since January, something will have to give soon! This is compounded by the fact a number of landlords are looking to sell their rental properties in the coming months, as the property market in Warrington has improved. This further compounded as tenants in existing rental properties appear to be staying in properties for longer periods of time.

Even though rents have kept pace with inflation in the past, renting as an option has become more affordable, and is increasingly seen as a lifestyle choice. With returning economic growth and expected increases in the rate of growth of wages, above inflation rental growth could rise.

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