Void periods drop to 13 year low

Nia Williams

March 23, 2015

The specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender has surveyed a panel of landlord customers for 13 years and the average void period reported in Q1 2015 – 2.4 weeks – is the lowest since the survey began.

In the last quarter of 2014 the average void period was 2.6 weeks and, comparing the first quarter of this year against Q1 2014, the length of time a landlord has experienced a void has fallen by 14% from 2.8 weeks.

Landlords have been reporting low or falling void periods since 2013 with only a slight fluctuation in mid-2013 when the average climbed marginally to three weeks.

John Heron, director of mortgages at Paragon, said: “Void periods have been consistently low for some time which is not unexpected when you also look at what landlords are telling us about the level of demand from tenants.

“In our survey for the first quarter of 2015, 42% of landlords said in their view tenant demand was either growing or booming and 54% felt demand was stable.

“The housing market is currently experiencing a shift with more people choosing to live in the private rented sector.

“This is supported by the figures released this month by the English Housing Survey which show 4.4m households are now privately rented compared with 3.9m households in the social rented sector. This change in housing dynamics appears to be a continuing and long-term trend.”

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