Average rental periods for tenants 18 months

New research from Direct Line for business has found.


New research by direct line has found tenants on average stay 18 months. Birmingham has the longest period with 2 years 4 months and Cardiff the shortest with under 1 year.

The analysis also looked at the average time it takes to fill a vacated property revealing that on average, it takes a landlord 22 days to find a new tenant. This could result in an average loss of £547 in uncollected rent. When calculating the yield for a property, landlords need to take into account this void period and ensure they have sufficient resources to meet any mortgage, ground rent or other charges.

The research also found that landlords can’t always rely on occupants remaining in a property for the duration of their tenancy agreement, with 9% moving out early. The highest rate of tenancy turnover is in Aberdeen where 19% of tenants leave a property before the end of the tenancy agreement with Leeds and Sheffield both close behind at 13%.

‘This research highlights the pressure landlords are under to replace outgoing tenants in their properties. Vacant properties are obviously a worry for landlords but it’s vitally important that they take into account void periods when calculating the affordability of owning a rental property,’ said Nick Breton, head of Direct Line for Business.

‘Staying on top of the on-going changes within the industry can be time-consuming and a battle for landlords and we fully appreciate the challenges they face when it comes to managing their rental properties,’ he added.

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