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Renters face rent hikes amid tax changes

Almost a quarter of tenants experienced rent hikes in March as landlords are left with little alternative but to pass higher tax costs onto tenants by increasing rents.

According to ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector Report for March, 23% of tenants saw their rents increase last month, which is the highest level seen since September 2017 when 27% of landlords put rent costs up for tenants.

However, this level is down 25% year-on-year. 


Some 66 prospective tenants were registered per member branch in March, up 8% compared the previous month. This comes after an increase in January which saw the number of tenants registered per branch jump to 70.2.

But while more people are actively looking to rent, the supply of rental stock is failing to keep pace with increasing demand.

The number of rental properties letting agents managed increased marginally in March, from 175 in February, to 179 per branch. This is down from an average of 183 in March last year.

The supply-demand imbalance in the rental market is also placing upward pressure rents.

The data for March suggests its “business as usual” for the private rented sector, according to David Cox, ARLA Propertymark’s chief executive, but he believes that “this isn’t necessarily a good thing”.

He commented: “Supply is still too low and almost a quarter of tenants are experiencing rent hikes every month as landlords try to recoup the costs lost trying to keep on top of all the recent legislative changes – including the recent energy efficiency deadline.

“For the last two decades, successive governments have passed significant amounts of complex legislation for landlords, none of which have been properly policed or adequately enforced – but most of which cost decent landlords a lot of money.

“This is why we’re so supportive of the government’s proposals to crack down on rogue agents, and more recently, plans to confiscate properties from criminal landlords.

“The announcements mark a sensible shift towards focusing on the root cause of the issues affecting the sector, rather than trying to find solutions to individual problems. This, coupled with greater rental stock is the key to fixing Britain’s broken rental sector.”

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    you ain't seen nothing yet, just wait until agents fees are past on to landlords and deposits are capped, it's the end user that pays every time, the government is just too short sighted to see this. £1000 per month for a basic 2 bed terraced house? it's coming soon.

  • SCN Lettings

    Agreed. It's immoral that the political parties are banging on about helping renters when what they are doing is increasing rents and trying to gain votes.

  • James B

    Hopefully tenants see they are too paying a price for the relentless landlord bashing and ignore the shameful propaganda government and local councils push out, its campaigning for votes nothing else

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    • 30 April 2018 13:34 PM

    After many years of even handed softly softly approach with rents with our double digit portfolio, the only way to survive the government onslaught (esp. sect24) is now total swingeing increases in rent. It's that - or NO house for tenants. Tenants, please wake up. You are heading into a whole world of hurt. I'm sorry but I literally cannot pay people to stay in my properties. But the government is now vp rushing me with taxation on imaginary profits and soon to have to absorb fees as well from agents. It's a perfect storm generated by the government with no benefit to anyone.


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