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Tenants staying put far longer than before - new figures

Renters are typically staying in their properties for a third longer than they did four years ago, says the Deposit Protection Service (DPS).

It says the average tenancy now lasts 924 days, or just over two and a half years compared with 706 days or just under two years during 2020.

The organisation adds that the increase of 218 days amounted to a rise of just over 30% during the period.



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Managing director Matt Trevett comments: “Average tenancy lengths started increasing during the pandemic as a result of government restrictions on moving and, despite the lifting of all restrictions in February 2022, average tenancy lengths have continued to rise.

“Responses to our regular tenant surveys suggest that the combination of competition for new rentals, high rents and other financial issues, as well as tenants acquiring a ‘lockdown pet’ are contributing to renters typically staying for longer in a property.

“Longer tenancies can also increase the likelihood of wear and tear and maintenance issues associated with a rental property; we’d therefore encourage landlords and tenants to keep an open dialogue  throughout to ensure concerns are dealt with in good time as well as help avoid any dispute over return of a deposit at the end of a tenancy due to the property’s condition.”

The organisation’s research suggested that the percentage of relocating respondents who found it difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to move increased by 6% (from 39% to 45%) between March and September 2023.

The data also revealed that the proportion of respondents who stated they were not planning to move increased by 2%, from 48% to 50%, during the same period.

The proportion of respondents who said they’d taken on an additional job to secure their rental property increased by 3%, from 27% to 30%, between March and September 2023, according to the research.

And the data showed that 64% of movers questioned during September had made financial sacrifices to meet their new rental arrangements, an increase of 1% (63%) since March 2023.

The proportion of respondents who had to pay £501 or more in rent to secure their rental increased by 5%, from 8% during March 2023 to 13% in September ‘23, the organisation added.

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    Might that be because there are fewer properties to rent because landlords are selling up thanks to the RRB and constant vilification by Polly Bleat, Generation Rant etc? 🤔

  • George Dawes

    Another blooming obvious survey

    Next week water is wet !

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    😂 I love these obvious surveys 🫣, there’s nothing to rent, and what there is will need the selling of a vital organ….. ♥️… or two 😬

  • jeremy clarke

    Yet government are pursuing periodic tenancies from day 1? Not yet met a landlord or tenant who agrees with the idea, they all want security not uncertainty.

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    And the duration of tenancies are only going to get longer, caused by reduced availability of rental property resulting from LL's exiting the market. At the same time as we see increased demand from renters.

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    Good paying tenants are most welcome to stay longer

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    Just increased one of my rents by £100 pcm. Tenant asked for time to consider, obviously looked around and accepted. If the RRB comes in, then when they leave it will be sold.


    Yes funny how they accept these increases after they have had a look around at other properties and had the shock of their lives

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    Quite remarkable given how terrible landlords are

  • Sarah Fox-Moore

    My Tenants are all in for the long haul as they can not afford to buy, they know they have a great property & 1st rate service at a fair price and there is very very little to rent in my area- what there is is incredibly expensive. But, all rents are going up again as needed (not just for the sake of it) this year which they all know about. I give 2 to 3 months warning to give them chance to look around and realise where they are is still the best option.


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