SpareRoom’s Matt Hutchinson has said that rents could potentially go up more before 2012 is over.
But he did add that: “Flatshare rents tend to creep up rather than [experience] the dramatic rises that you see in the whole rental market.”
His words came in the wake of website Easyroommate.co.uk revealing that flat-sharers saw what they were being asked to pay in rent, on average, go up during May.
The hike was ‘from £368 to £375′, the website revealed.
And according to Mr Hutchinson, rents may well “creep up” more, due to the current state of the debut property purchaser market.
He said: “There is still no real sign that the first-time buyer market is going to kick back in and that people are going to be able to afford to buy anything.”
Because of this, he said, the renting sector has pressure exerted on it and in turn this “squeezes things down a little towards the flatshare market”.
Mr Hutchinson added that rooms are at an increased premium, because home renters haven’t been leaving their landlords and creating vacancies.
He also suggested that the part of the rental market in which landlords share property with their renters contributed somewhat to keeping “rental prices down a little bit”.
Explaining this, he said such landlords “are renting out rooms in their own homes, so it is not like they have got costs to cover in the same ways that other landlords do.”
He later added: “Often the rooms are a little bit cheaper than the average room rented out by private landlords.”
Meanwhile, landlords insurance holders may welcome the advice that LettingFocus.com’s David Lawrenson recently offered about arrears.
He advised landlords that being understanding when renters are in arrears was important.
“I would encourage landlords and tenants to just talk to each other and discuss any problems that they might have,” he said.
He went on: “As far as possible, tenants should speak to their landlords and try to work with them – explain the situation, apply for local housing allowance and then involve them in the progress of that claim if they are eligible for it.”
One of the biggest benefits with choosing an insurance expert such as Rentguard is that landlords can request specific cover to ensure that whatever use they have for their buy to let property, they can have the right landlord insurance cover to fully protect their investment.