New poll reveals tenants are faced with a lack of choice and poorer quality homes

Property Wire | June 06, 2019

A majority of people renting in the UK say they will never be able to afford a home while four in 10 day they are stuck in cold, damp properties with landlords unwilling to do basic repairs and maintenance. Overall some 77% of the 4.5 million households renting their homes in the UK would like to own their own home but two million or 59% think they will never be able to do so, according to a new YouGov survey for the Homeowners Alliance and BLP Insurance. Some 35% of respondents said that they live-in poor-quality properties, 32% said they have a limited choice of rental properties and 20% said they are concerned that the home they rent does not meet fire and safety standards. The poll also found that 40% would like to be able to rent from a responsible housing provider, 38% would like to see high quality safety and energy efficiency standards in their homes and 35% are in favors of longer tenancies.

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Apartment investments remain well positioned entering 2017, though several important macro-level dynamics have begun to shift course. The November election set in motion a range of fiscal, monetary, regulatory and economic changes that will merit close investor attention. Prospective modifications to tax laws, a rising interest rate environment and upward revisions to economic forecasts could all infl uenceinvestor behavior while rising apartment completions will also generate a dynamic landscape.


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