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UK Renters Face an Extra £300 Monthly Expense
六月 17, 2024
UK Renters Face an Extra £300 Monthly Expense 倫敦
By   Internet
  • 城市報
  • UK Renters
  • 95% LTV Mortgages
  • Rental Costs
  • Monthly Rent Gap
Abstract: Despite multiple government policies aimed at increasing homeownership feasibility, their impact largely hinges on the Bank of England's interest rate decisions. Meanwhile, the continuous rise in rental prices, especially for smaller homes, underscores renters' intense concerns about affordability.

In recent years, the UK real estate market has undergone significant shifts, highlighting the growing cost disparity between renting and buying. Latest analysis by Hamptons reveals that renters now face a monthly expenditure gap of up to £300 compared to those buying with a 5% deposit, primarily due to the high mortgage rates currently prevailing.

- Current Mortgage Rates: At approximately 6.1%, mortgage rates significantly impact those with low deposits, making buying substantially more expensive than renting.

- Necessary Rate for Parity: For buying to match the cost of renting, mortgage rates would need to drop to around 4.2%.

- Regional Disparities: In London, the financial strain is particularly severe, with renters paying an additional £775 monthly, equating to £9,300 annually.

Aneisha Beveridge, Head of Research at Hamptons, comments: "Despite a 6% year-on-year increase in rents, renting remains more cost-effective for most households nationwide. High mortgage rates have priced out many low-deposit buyers, pushing more families to opt for long-term renting."

UK Renters Face an Extra £300 Monthly Expense


While both the Labour and Conservative parties have included mortgage guarantee schemes in their manifestos to enhance the availability of 95% loan-to-value (LTV) deals, their success is more contingent on the Bank of England's interest rate policies. Beveridge notes, "The extent to which the Bank of England reduces rates will significantly influence the number of potential buyers with small deposits, more so than meticulously crafted government policies."

- Average New Rental Costs: As of May 2024, the average rent for newly leased properties in the UK has risen to £1,337, marking a 6.3% increase from the previous year, equivalent to £79 more per month. This marks the third consecutive month with an average annual increase of around 6%.

- Renewal Rent Increases: Rent for renewing tenants has also surged, with an average increase of 8.8% in May, up from 8.3% in April.

- Slowing Growth in London: May 2024 saw London's annual rent growth slow to 3.9%, the lowest since November 2021. Despite this, rents for smaller homes are rising faster than for larger homes, reflecting renters' affordability challenges as they seek more budget-friendly housing.

- Shift in Demand: May 2024 marked the first time in 11 months that rent for newly leased one-bedroom apartments (7.6%) increased more than two-bedroom apartments (6.2%). This trend indicates renters' active search for more economical housing options amidst soaring rental prices.

These developments highlight the urgent need for stronger tenant protections and more effective policy measures to address the growing financial pressures on renters. As mortgage rates remain high and rental costs continue to climb, the gap between renting and buying becomes increasingly pronounced, impacting housing affordability across the UK.

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