Thursday, 22 October 2015

Warrington tenants feel the squeeze as rents continue to rise

As my regular readers know, my passion is the Warrington property. As a property agent I like to comment on the Warrington property market, which I hope will be of interest to both homeowners and buy to let landlords alike. However, this week, I want to highlight the plight of the tenants of Warrington as more and more of their wages are being taken up by ever increasing rents.

The cost of renting a home in Warrington has nearly broken through the £650 a month barrier as the average rent for a property in the town, now stands at £644 per month, and whilst this was a drop of 0.3 % last month, rents for new lets are 7% higher than they were 12 months ago.

House price inflation has eased a little in Warrington from 2014, but still with retail price inflation (for goods and services) reducing to 0% any increase in property values, no matter how small, means in real terms property is still getting more expensive. Meanwhile, many tenants have given up saving for a mortgage deposit as rents continue to take more and more of their wage packets leaving nothing to save for a deposit. That means, more and more tenants are deciding to rent for the long term and the desire for good high quality rental properties continues to exceed the available rental stock.

I would go as far as to suggest that rents are an ideal barometer to the state of the local economy as a whole and strongly believe that the recent increases in Warrington rents are a sign that the Warrington economy is picking up. 

This means Warrington landlords are continuing to benefit from the Warrington property market. The most recent Land Registry data suggests the annual property price rises in the town have eased over 2015, leaving property values 9.76% higher than 12 months ago. So as property price growth is easing off, with the increased rents, rental yields are strengthening for the first time in years to compensate. The mortgage market has become more stable after the mad months of May and June after the Tory’s got back into No.10, and so, everything is set to be good news for landlords; even with the Chancellors change of tax rules in the coming years for buy to let mortgages.

You can get some amazingly low mortgage rate deals at the moment, so with mortgage rates low and returns still very attractive, there has rarely been a better time to invest in rental properties.

However, (you knew there would be a however!), it’s all about buying the right property at the right price. Not all property types are seeing equal rises in rents and capital growth.  Different parts of the town, different types of properties are experiencing quite different changes.  For example, the average length of time on the market the 170 Warrington properties up for rent between £250 to £500 per month is 213 days, whilst the average length of time for the 324 properties at £500 to £1000 per month is 163 days and finally 30 properties that fall into the £1000 to £2000 per month price bracket is 72 days.

When you start comparing different parts of Warrington, the numbers are even stranger!  The bottom line is that you must take advice and opinion. One source of advice and opinion is the Warrington Property Blog. In the Warrington Property Blog, you will see many more articles like this, discussions and even what I consider to be the best buy to let deals around, irrespective of which agent is selling it.

Whether you are a landlord, ‘Homes Under the Hammer’ addict or just a homeowner who is interested in what is happening to the local property market, then please visit the Warrington Property Blog. If you have seen a deal and would like a second opinion drop me an email on or pop into our office 6 Bankside, crosfield St WA1 1UP plenty of free parking + the kettle is always on.

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