More than four in 10 tenants (42%) consider how eco-friendly a building is when choosing a rental property, Your Move’s sister company, LSL’s PRIsm found.
The figure jumps to 50% amongst those looking to rent in London.
On average, those who pay more rent per month are also more likely to consider a building’s environmental credentials important. Some 63% who pay between £1,351-1,600 per month expressed this view, compared to only 37% of those paying £350 or less.
Martyn Alderton, national lettings director at Your Move and Reeds Rains, said: “Whether it’s to reduce their energy consumption, save money or make a positive impact on the environment, it’s good to see that tenants consider the ‘greenness’ of a building an important factor in their rental decision.
“As we continue to build more and more homes for our growing population, it’s vital that we do whatever we can to create a more sustainable future for our planet and use our resources as carefully as possible.”
Along with the building’s environmental impact, green spaces were also an important consideration for many tenants.
Nearly a third (32%) of tenants were interested in a communal garden and 30% were willing to pay more for a vegetable allotment.