How much does the average lifetime tenant spend on renting?

Warren Lewis
18th June 2018
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New research from home builder, Strata, has revealed that renting for an entire lifetime is costly. According to the figures, the average tenant could be out of pocket by as much as a £1 million more than if they were to purchase their own home.

The research, which compares the cost of owning a home in the UK to average monthly rental payments over a 60-year period, proves that purchasing is significantly cheaper over the course of a lifetime.

According the Land Registry, the average first time buyer house costs £212,079, with a 16% deposit. With an estimated £4,800 of purchase fees and assuming buyers rent for an initial nine-year period, will spend around £430,000 (£427,363).

Meanwhile, lifetime renters will spend £909 a month on average on a lifetime home, which when adjusted for inflation, would reach a total of £1.6 million (£1,624,980) over a 60-year period.

That equates to a substantial difference of over £1.1 million (£1,197,616) with lifetime renters spending 280% more.

Figures across the UK vary dramatically, with differences in London reaching almost £2 million (£1,956,566) whilst the North East is at the lowest end of the scale with a variance of just over £720,000 (£721,095).

Lifetime renters in the North West will suffer the greatest indifference, spending 314% more than buyers in the same region.

The data was collected based on the assumptions that rental costs begin post university at the age of 21 and continue until the age of 81 – the average life expectancy for the UK.

Buyer figures are based on renting from the age of 21 until 30 – the average age of someone in the UK buying their first home*, and then obtaining a 25-year mortgage on a property worth just over £200,000.

The purchase figures also consider the outright costs incurred when buying, such as lender’s valuations, structural surveys and solicitor’s fees.

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