Rental market ‘calm’ after Brexit

Ryan Bembridge

July 25, 2016

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The rental market was ‘calm’ after the Brexit vote in June with supply, demand and the cost of renting staying broadly flat, the Association of Residential Letting Agents June Private Rental Sector report has indicated.

In June three quarters (77%) of agents reported no change in rent, two thirds (67%) of ARLA members said there was no change in supply and a similar proportion (64%) reckoned there was no change in the number of prospective tenants looking for properties.

David Cox, managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents, said: “The rental market has responded to Brexit in a calm fashion, with no immediate fallout amid extreme political and economic uncertainty.

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“What we need is some certainty from the new government that housing remains a priority with the rental market playing a central.

“For example, we want to avoid a situation where institutional investors start pulling away from the market because ultimately this will impact tenants by squeezing supply further and pushing up rents.

“Although we’ve seen some hesitation from landlords this is relatively mild and it’s important they do not act in haste. Any inevitable longer term changes will then be taken on board with greater ease.”

There were typically 37 prospective tenants per ARLA member branch in June, up 12% from 33 in May.

The supply of rental properties meawhile rose by 3% to 176 per branch.

Cox added: “If one thing is clear following Brexit, it’s that supply and demand remains a real issue in the rental market.

“If supply continues to dwindle against growing demand, no matter what the eventual implications of Brexit are, renting will become more difficult and expensive for tenants.”

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