By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies to enhance your experience.
Graham Awards


Average tenancy duration now over two years in Prime London

An upbeat report on the booming private rental market in Prime Central London has been released by investment consultancy London Central Portfolio.

It says average length of tenancies reached a new high of 25.8 months in Q2 2022, steadily increasing since the onset of Covid-19. Tenants are extending their current tenancies, deterred by rising rents and limited stock on the market.

The time taken to let a vacant property reduced significantly in the second quarter of this year. The average number of days a property stood vacant was 11.3 days, the lowest seen since March 2014. Again this is largely due to a lack of available stock and a surge in demand.


For renters nearing the end of their tenancies, renewing at an increased rent has been more favourable than going back into the market. With strong market conditions, landlords successfully negotiated renewal increases averaging over 4.0 in Q2 this year.

Meanwhile the ongoing revival of the rental market since Covid restrictions eased in the UK has continued to result in agreed rents on new tenancies increasing. This amounted to 13 per cent in Q2 2022 with London Central Portfolio noting that prospective tenants had little negotiating power given the current demand and supply imbalance, often facing bidding wars.

Tenants from the banking and financial industries represented the most new move-ins at 50 per cent, which LCP says can be attributed to professionals in the City and Canary Wharf requiring a Central London property to overnight their two to three days spent in the office. The usual influx of high-net-worth students are expected this month and into the autumn.

Andrew Weir, chief executive of London Central Portfolio, says: “The current supply and demand imbalance has resulted in tenants ‘locking in’ longer leases with average length of tenancies now reaching its highest level at 25.8 months. Our tenant mix has seen a 50 per cent increase in UK tenants since 2018, suggesting more demand for part time city living as homeowners relocated to the country during the pandemic. 

“Our data reports a positive picture for the PCL buy to let investor with a low sterling exchange rate, pricing well below the 2015 peak and capital values beginning to increase across Central London. PCL is still at a low point in the historic cycle and remains a good opportunity for investors.”

Want to comment on this story? Our focus is on providing a platform for you to share your insights and views and we welcome contributions.
If any post is considered to victimise, harass, degrade or intimidate an individual or group of individuals, then the post may be deleted and the individual immediately banned from posting in future.
Please help us by reporting comments you consider to be unduly offensive so we can review and take action if necessary. Thank you.

  • icon

    Given many tenants stay for less than a year, it follows that many stay well over 3 years, proving that the current system works for all good tenants.

    Banning agreed fixed term tenancies which can be extended indefinitely by mutual agreement will only help rogue tenants, but then that's the only type of tenant that Shelter Acorn Generation Rant etc want to help.

    Decent tenants neither want nor need their help and are harmed by their interference and leftie dogma.


    Very well put Robert!


Please login to comment

MovePal MovePal MovePal
sign up