Rental Market Outlook for 2012: Tenants need to jump on the ladder quickly

publication date: Oct 30, 2012
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

Tenants need to jump on the ladder quickly

Rents typically rise during September and then take a downward turn from October to December as people focus on the run up to Xmas rather than concerning themselves with moving home.

As such, for those looking to rent over the next few months, it's a good idea to rent now rather than wait until next year. As the rental stock isn't growing as fast as the demand for properties, it is vital that those who want to rent a property try to do so sooner rather than later.

Although rents may not be increasing substantially at the moment, as soon as wages start to rise and the economy starts to recover, rental prices are likely to move up quite quickly. As such, for those that want or are likely to rent in the near future, the sooner you are able to do so, the sooner you will be able to rent a property at a reasonable price and hopefully keep the rents as low as possible.

However, if you are looking to rent for the long term, it is worth making sure you rent from a landlord who is also committed to rent to tenants long term.

Top five questions to ask your landlord (or letting agent):-  
  1. How long is the property likely to be available for rent?
  2. Can you secure an extended contract?
  3. What are the costs (if any) of renewing your contract?
  4. What maintenance has the property received over the last two years?
  5. Has the property secured a gas and electrical safety certificate?
Making sure you rent from a landlord who is a member of one of the Landlord associations, such as the Residential Landlords Association or if you rent via a letting agent, make sure they are members of trade bodies such as ARLA or NALS.

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