What Are Renters Looking For?

Latest News/27.11.2020

According to recent research from Zoopla, renters have changed what they are looking for from a home as a result of the lockdown and the subsequent restrictions we have been placed under.

Zoopla’s advanced property search tool revealed that over the last 12 months renters had specified ‘garden’ at the top of their wish-list along with ‘balcony’ and ‘rural’ showing a shift towards renters seeking outside space both within their living space and in their surroundings. ‘Garage’ and ‘parking’ also topped the list – perhaps demonstrating a shift towards less reliance on public transport.

Also on renters’ wish-lists was ‘pets’ showing the surge in renters looking for pet-friendly homes.

Here are renters’ most searched for terms:

1 garden
2 parking
3 garage
4 balcony
5 pets
6 flooring
7 bills included
8 ensuite
9 rural
10 student

The lockdown back in March and the recent tier system seeing the Glasgow area being placed in the highest level of restrictions until December 11th has resulted in people placing importance on having access to outside space. In addition, with many people working from home, living close to public transport is less important and so there’s a shift towards people looking for rural properties.

There has been an increase in the demand for houses over flats with people looking to rent bigger properties for longer, which is in turn increasing average tenancy lengths. The demand for family homes in the rental market has continued to rise over the last ten years and this looks to continue given the challenges around first-time-buyers, particularly those with young families.

This reassessment combined with government incentives has triggered a mini housing market boom and a flurry of activity in the buy to let sector.