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Renting in retirement is rapidly becoming a ‘lifestyle choice’

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people wanting to step off the property ladder and rent in retirement because of the various benefits it offers, according to retirement rentals specialist Girlings Retirement Rentals.

The firm reports that a growing number of older people are seeking to downsize and sell their properties and rent as it offer them greater flexibility in retirement.

“Renting in retirement is becoming a lifestyle choice for lots of older people who choose to downsize from the family home, freeing up capital for investment or to spend on their retirement or family,” said Gillian Girling, chief executive of Girlings Retirement Rentals.


“Renting can help people budget better with no surprise bills, as maintenance and service charges are included in the rent,” she added.

According to the National Landlords Association, the number of retired private renters in the UK increased between 2012 and 2016 by 13% to around 220,000. 

A previous report by Girlings Retirement suggested that retirement hotspots generally tend to be seaside destinations – particularly in the south of England, where people get the best weather and a decent quality of life. 

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    i'm 64, i was able to give up the day job 10 yrs ago, i enjoy being a landlord and get on well with my tenants, it helps because although most of my properties are let through an agent all tenants are able to contact me direct, also when there is a problem it is me who turns up with my tool box to put things right. i first got into buy to let in the 90s because i had no faith with private pensions or the suits that sold them, i have never looked back.

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    well done but i think the article who choose to rent in later life because all the repairs etc are down to the landlord!

    ps i retired at 65 but could have gone earlier but liked the money from ther dayjob


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