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Cost of living crisis makes rent protection insurance vital - claim

A player in the rental insurance field is warning landlords that the growing cost of living crisis makes it more important than ever to take out rent protection cover.

Andy Halstead, chief executive of HomeLet and Let Alliance, says: “The cost of living crisis is likely to intensify as the months tick over, due to inflation and rising energy prices, making it more important than ever for landlords to consider rent protection products to ensure that they are sufficiently protected against the unpredictable nature of the current situation.” 

His remarks come after his HomeLet brand released its latest rental index, this time for February.


It shows that the average rent in the UK reached another record high of £1,069, up 0.5 per cent on the January 2022 figures. 

When London is excluded the average rent in the UK is now £902, up 0.6 per cent on January. 

Average rents in London saw a slight dip, down 0.2 per cent to an average of £1,757 pcm. 

The capital was one of just two regions to see a rent dip - the East Midlands was down 0.1 per cent to an average price of £745 pcm. 

Northern Ireland saw the largest month-on-month rise of 1.8 per cent to a new average high of £718 pcm. 



Halstead says: “The second month of 2022 followed largely similar trends to the first, with the average rental price across the UK continuing to rise month-on-month. 

“The housing supply required to meet the demand sadly isn’t there, so as far as we can tell, this is a trend that will continue to appear throughout 2022, barring an unexpected change. 

“It is interesting to see Greater London record a small dip after a sustained period of resurgence, albeit the dip is a relatively small one.” 

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  • George Dawes

    Insurance, another load of parasites


    Solvent property owning guarantors are the only insurance I need.

    No such guarantors, no chance of renting my properties.

    Surely it's the tenants who should buy this insurance or do they believe that dodging rent doesn't come with consequences?

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    We don't need your insurance, careful selection of tenants, a guarantor , working tenants only, no single mums and no one under 25 yrs

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    I dont see its' viable to provide this kind of insurance. All I see is lots of bankruptcies on the horizon, businesses chasing no profit risky business. For instance since the government reduced letting agents fees by approx half, I see them sliding into banruptcy. And the same for big companies moving into build to let, their just arent enough young professionals to afford the rents, further their dosen't seem enough allowance fo bad tenants (fraudsters etc.) i.e. business models are highly optimistic.


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