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What would make a dream home for a tenant?

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What would make a dream home for a tenant?

A new report has revealed that living by the sea with a good-sized garden and off-road parking is not just the ideal property for middle England homeowners – it’s what the majority of tenants want too.

The research shows that for a third of tenants, living by the sea is their ideal location for a rented property, while almost a quarter of tenants would like a rural setting and 18% of tenants would prefer a quiet cul-de-sac.  The study*, conducted by PropertyLetByUs.com – a leading online letting agent, also reveals that only 5% of tenants want to live in suburbia and just 7% plumped for a nice housing estate.

Tenants were quizzed about their top ten domestic features and for two thirds, off road parking was their top choice.  This was followed by a garage (72%), a good sized garden (41%), a shed (35%), a larger kitchen (30%), superfast broadband (28%), built-in appliances such as a dishwasher and washing machine (25%) and an extra bedroom (24%).


Jane Morris, Managing Director of PropertyLetByUs.com comments: “Our survey provides some interesting findings that might surprise landlords.  A property by the sea, or in a rural location, is a dream for many home owners and tenants.  Landlords that own properties in these locations, or provide some of these most desired domestic appliances, will be spoilt for choice when finding new tenants.

Clearly, landlords have the opportunity to enhance their properties and boost their rental income by adding some of these dream domestic features.  Superfast broadband for example is becoming widely available and many rural locations are being connected over the next two years. Storage such as sheds and garages is high on the ‘wanted’ list, especially for families.”

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 20 May 2016

With the bulk of the market controlled by large developers, profit rather than necessity determine the pace at which homes are built. There are hundreds of thousands of plots that have planning permission...

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Johna
Johna 20 May 2016

"Easier said than done" is what I would say. Of course, it would be more than great to have more in quality and affordability, but I do not trust talk anymore.. What is said is not what is happening.

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Johna
Johna 20 May 2016

in my humble opinion being fair like THE most important! I myself have had bad experience with unfair landlords... not to mention that I know how to do a proper end of tenancy cleaning since I am a fantastic...

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richardrawlings 18 May 2016

NB - even if we doubled our commission levels in the UK, we'd still be by far the cheapest agents in the entire world.

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Agent_PeeBee
Agent_PeeBee 18 May 2016

Clueless. Someone needs to take these people's computers away from them so they can do no more harm than they already have.

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richardrawlings
richardrawlings 18 May 2016

Nonsense! The cost of selling a house nowadays has little bearing on the fees charged. Don't believe your own spin on this. Fees have spiralled down to pathetic levels in areas where weak agents have allowed...

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The best solution is to buy a property that has built-in income generating potential: a nice house with a couple of gites in the grounds is a good start. In France, the rune of thumb is that one 2-bedroomed...

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WPD 12 May 2016

I suggest the answer is to have the notary system being one legal person who represents both parties. Having experienced it a couple of times in France it was a dream compared to our dysfunctional system....

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warren 03 May 2016

It's enough to make me weep into my Pimm's :(

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james anderson 03 May 2016

The sad demise of the croquet lawn...

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".. the stricter lending criteria will reduce the amount of buy-to-let lending by 10% to 20% in three years’ time." The PRA was actually referring to cumulative approvals here. What they believe is that...

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Paul Watson 07 Apr 2016

Interesting research. Confirms the myth that supply and demand of housing stock affects house prices. Unless you live in Central London or a National Park, it's credit availability that drives house price...

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