Rents for one-bed properties outpacing those of larger homes in majority of London

Supply and demand disparity fuelled by landlords exiting the market drove up average rental prices by 4.9% across the UK in the 12 months to the end of March. However, rental costs for the most in-demand smaller properties are rising at faster levels than rents for larger homes in half of London's boroughs.

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Property | Reporter
12th May 2023
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"The shortage of one-bedroom flats in some parts of London is impacting young and single people more than most, making it even harder for them to find a home of their own"

In many areas, limited supply is forcing prospective tenants to compete for properties, driving up rents and making flat-hunting stressful as multiple people bid for the same home.

The analysis of the most recent ONS data suggests that people who want to live alone, or in a couple, are seeing even greater price increases than those seeking bigger properties in 16 out of 32 London boroughs. This is likely to have a disproportionate impact on younger people and those without children, who tend to search for one-bedroom properties.

In Kensington and Chelsea, the average cost of renting a one-bed property has risen nearly five times faster than the average rent for a three-bed property. The monthly cost of renting a one-bedroom home in the area has risen by 9.7% on an annual basis to £1,950, while that of a three-bed home has risen by just 2% in comparison.

Research by Gravity Co highlights the urgent need for more homes to rent around the capital, including purpose-built rental accommodation. Co-living build-to-rent developments can significantly boost supply, giving would-be tenants more choice at a fixed price, and sparing them the stress of having to outbid others in order to find a home.

Riccardo Tessaro, Co-Founder & CEO of Gravity Co, comments:

“In the current frantic rental market, finding a place to live can be incredibly challenging. The perfect storm of rising demand and falling supply isn’t just pushing up average rents — in some areas, it’s forcing would-be tenants to outbid rivals just to secure a place to live.

“The shortage of one-bedroom flats in some parts of London is impacting young and single people more than most, making it even harder for them to find a home of their own.

“Not everyone wants to buy a home, or is in a position to, so it is vital that there are adequate rental properties available in the UK.

“Build-to-rent developments, which provide homes for a great number of people on one site, don’t just offer a comfortable and safe place to live — they can help build communities too.

“Our offering provides instant access to a social network for our members, helping them make new friends and build work connections. Members also pay just one simple monthly amount, which includes all their utility bills — which makes budgeting easier during the cost-of-living crisis.”

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