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Rebound in demand from tenants, while rental valuations hit a record high

Following a two-month pause, the rental market has seen a resurgence in tenant demand, while a record number of buy-to-let landlords are requesting valuation appraisals, according to Knight Frank. 

As far as demand is concerned, the weekly number of new prospective tenants was 40% above the five-year average and the second highest figure this year.

Meanwhile, the number of valuation appraisals for letting properties in the week ending 6 June was the highest number on record and 19% above the five-year average.


The rental market has rebounded more quickly than the sales market since restrictions were lifted.

According to Knight Frank, the number of viewings last week was 1% higher than the five-year average despite the fact social distancing rules remain in place. The equivalent figure for the sales market in London was down 26%.

Online views for letting properties last week were 33% higher than the five-year average compared to a 12% decline for sales.

Despite the increase, activity levels in the letting market have not returned to where they were during the second half of 2019 when demand was boosted by uncertainty in the sales market due to Brexit-related political volatility. 

The three highest weeks on record for new prospective tenants registering were all in September last year.

“We expect demand to get even stronger when there is more certainty around how universities will be teaching their courses next year,” said Jon Reynolds, head of lettings at Knight Frank for the City, east and Riverside region in London. “Those announcements will make a huge difference and demand will be bolstered further as companies reactivate relocation plans that are currently on hold.”

Rebound in demand from tenants, while rental valuations hit a record high

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    Well I have just read in the Telegraph that London rents are 8% down, rent and demand seems to be holding up in Norwich though, I had 1 property empty before the lock down and one that became empty during the lock down, both now relet, one at the same rent and the other at an increased rent, demand is there, marriage / partner break up, and the end of high loan to value mortgages means generation rent will continue to rent.

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    Why increased rent?


    Why not? If the tenant is willing to pay more then the landlord is entitled to charge more. It's capitalism and market forces in action.


    Because it makes us all look predatory and bad.


    Because Lee our costs are increasing all the time, as with any business it's the end user that pays, and in this case that's the poor tenant, don't blame me, blame the government.

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    Increased rent is the result of market forces ie more people than houses.
    Increased rent is also because of Gov as well as local gov interference.
    Increased rent is also caused by Citizens Advice, Shelter & GR style organisations
    Increased rent is also caused by laws not supporting LL in case of arrears,fast eviction & anti social behaviour etc
    Increased rent is also the result of Sect 24 tax changes

    You can also substitute the phrase 'Increased rent' above for 'Homelessness'

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    • 11 June 2020 15:34 PM

    Yep - Exactly. And unless we join the commies it will, and should, ever be.
    At which time we will all get everything for free. What a wonderful life it will be under Putin and Xi Jinping.....Give that some thought you left wing liberal idots.


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