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Unhappy Tenants - half say finding a new home is tough

Half of all tenants who moved during the past 12 months found it ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to secure a new rental property, says the Deposit Protection Service.

The proportion of respondents who had moved during the previous year and who had encountered difficulties increased from 42% to 50% between March 2023 and March 2024.

Just 9% of respondents said they had moved property during the last six months compared with 24% who moved between March and August 2023.


Overall, 68% of respondents said they hadn’t moved during the past year, according to the organisation.

Whilst over three quarters (76%) of non-movers said they were happy with their decision almost a quarter (24%) would like to have moved but didn’t. 

Of those who would liked to have moved, more than a fifth (21%) said they were paying more than they could afford for their present rental properties. 

The research also revealed that, overall, 52% of tenants aged 18-25 and 50% of those aged 26-35 found it ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ to secure a new property, compared with 37% of tenants aged 66 and above.

Of the 5% of moving respondents who took part in the survey in March 2024 who didn’t have a job, more than half (54%) found moving either ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’ compared with 39% of students.

The proportion of student movers stood at 70%, according to the survey.

The research showed no significant gender differences between moving renters when it came to difficulties experienced.

Almost a third (32%) of respondents overall had moved to a new rental property during the past year, added the organisation.

A fifth (20%) of respondents said they had moved between September 2022 and March 2023, said The DPS. 

The research also reveals that, of the 68% of respondents who said they hadn’t moved during the past year some 24% said they were living in properties of poor condition and 16% said they were living in a property that was too small for their needs.

DPS managing director Matt Trevett says: “Finding a new rental property is getting tougher for a growing number of tenants, especially for younger, non-student renters and those who are not in employment, due to a combination of fewer rental properties on the market, the current cost of living, as well as increased mortgage costs for landlords.

“At the same time the proportion of tenant respondents moving home has more than halved during the past 12 months leading to some tenants stuck in properties that they are financially struggling to afford.”

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    I wonder why this is?
    Surely it cannot be because of Section 24 and the RRB, can it? Perhaps it is because of the constant denigration of landlords by Polly, Bleat, Generation Rant and the other activists who do not have productive employment nor do anything to actually help the homeless? 🤔

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    Well, its not likely to get any easier!


    You are quite right there!!

  • Kevin

    The plan is working. How long before big business fills the gap with build to rent.

  • George Dawes

    Little one bed rabbit hutches

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    For younger working people looking for a room I would have thought there is some choice. It's when you get to couples with kids, hardly any houses available. For them I would think 90% find it difficult.

    • A S
    • 23 May 2024 09:24 AM

    They need to stop buying lattes and avocado toast. And move up North. That's how this works, isn't it?

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    we have to be very selective of tenants now so many will find it impossible to rent a new home, I've recently relet a house and many applicants were refused as too risky


    Grade AAA+ or go home. God help those with “ A story to tell “ 🥵🤷‍♂️

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    One way to reduce the severity of the current housing crisis is to make it easier for more people to occupy existing properties.

    Insisting on single rooms in student lets and other HMO'S halves the potential occupancy compared with when I was a student over 50 years ago.

    Banning large entrance halls from being used as living or dining areas, or even kitchens reduces the number of potential bedrooms and thus occupancy.

    Delays in issuing new HMO licences and building warrants delays the provision of further spaces in existing properties.

    These are all cheaper and should be faster than building new houses.

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    I have a room of 6sq m, which was let in the past in an hmo house. Now it is not allowed. The council has never come to the house but just went by the measurements from the house plan. That bedroom was very popular as it had single bed, a large fitted wardrobes with hanging space and shelves and a mirror. A fitted desk adjacent to the front window, overlooking the front garden. A lovely, airy and spacious single room. This is the case with 2 houses. So now let as 4 bedder and 5 bedder. Councils have a very dim views and not very practical. How many such single beds are wasted spaces, when students could be housed at 500 pounds instead of 800 or 900 pounds per room?


    We also had a small room in student house which we let for lower rent. It was always popular & a single bed, wardrobe, desk & chest fitted in with a little thought. I'm not sure when it became necessary for students to have double beds!


    When I was a student, there was plenty of room for two in a 3 ft single bed - and they didn't squeak as much as a double bed.

    Perhaps there's now more demand for 3 sharing a 4ft 6 standard double?


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