Level of rental properties remains drastically low: Propertymark

No end in sight for the imbalance of supply and demand in the rental sector, according to the latest Housing Insights Report from Propertymark.

Related topics:  Rental market,  Propertymark
Property | Reporter
27th October 2023
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"Supply remains tight with far more applicant registrations than properties available. Pressure on rents continues although there are some signs of restraint in this month’s figures compared to last month"
- Nathan Emerson - Propertymark

The average number of properties available to rent per member branch in September 2023 remained broadly the same as in August 2023 at 11 properties. It should be noted that there has been little fluctuation in supply levels over the last 12 months.

However, this level of supply remains drastically below the current level of new applicants registered. Although there has been a downward trend over the last few months, demand in the form of new tenant registrations continues to outpace supply.

The average number of new tenancies agreed per member branch is little changed across July, August and September 2023, due to ongoing challenges in supply. The supply and demand imbalance continues to affect rents, with 52% of Propertymark’s surveyed members reporting that rents had risen in their branches during September 2023.

However, fewer agents reported rents had risen in September 2023 than in either July or August (71% and 68% respectively). The data points to short-term restraint in rental growth.

A previous position paper from Propertymark found a significant factor in the lack of growth in available properties in the UK is the “financial implications and barriers” in purchasing a buy-to-let property.

The report pointed to higher rates of property tax on buy-to-let properties, withdrawal of tax relief on mortgage interest, removal of 10% wear and tear allowance, maintaining Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for rented property at 18% for rented properties and 28% for higher rate taxpayers and an increase in corporation tax.

Tax relief on mortgage interest has been replaced with a 20% tax credit and at-cost relief is in place for wear and tear allowance.

Nathan Emerson, CEO at Propertymark, said:

“Governments across the UK continue to tinker with legislation and legislative programmes, disincentivising landlords along the way.

"Supply remains tight with far more applicant registrations than properties available. Pressure on rents continues although there are some signs of restraint in this month’s figures compared to last month.”

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