Demand for rental properties with gardens is highest in Bristol

Jessica Bird

April 7, 2020

Research by tradesperson comparison site HaMuch.com has found that demand for rental homes with garden space is at its highest in Bristol.

The research, which collated data from moving sites Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location, measured the number of properties listed with a garden that are already let as a percentage of all rental properties listed.

At 47%, rental properties with a garden were the most popular in Bristol, followed by Nottingham (40%) and London (39%).

Within London, the boroughs with the highest demand for rental properties with gardens were Lewisham (53%), Havering (46%) and Bromley (44%).

At the bottom of the list, Edinburgh and Aberdeen both showed only 7% demand for properties with outdoor space, while Belfast ranked lowest with 0%.

Overall, cities across the UK had an average demand for gardens of 23%.

Tarquin Purdie, founder and CEO at HaMuch.com, said: “Garden space has always been a sought after feature whether you’re buying or renting. But with current government restrictions on movement, a garden rental has just become a lot more in demand, particularly now the weather is improving.

“It’s important that in these tough times, landlords continue to see a return from their buy-to-let investment and now is as good a time as any to be letting your home.

“If it happens to have a garden, this could help you secure a better level of rent, with more tenant demand and lower void periods.

“Of course, an outdoor space alone won’t do the trick and so it’s well worth investing some money to have a professional transform your garden into an area your tenants will want to spend time.

“This might cost a bit now, but will be well worth it in the long-run and can mean the difference between below and above average rental returns.”

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