Rent guarantee insurance holders are said to be reporting their average tenant takes more time to consider which car to purchase, than what rental property to live in.
At least that’s the opinion of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
Alan Ward, who’s chairman of the RLA thinks many tenants are “blithe” about the rental process and that there is a “very strong argument” that tenants’ knowledge of the business should be improved.
He thinks all people look for in a property is whether they can afford the rent, does it have enough bedrooms, and is it in the right place?
Mr Ward explains that’s all-too simplistic – yet if tenants can tick those relatively few boxes – then they want to move in.”
He remarks: “They very rarely ask about all the safety certificates that a property is supposed to have and legally must have.”
Figures from mydeposits, recently showed that cleaning costs and unpaid rent are the main reasons that landlords give for withholding part of a tenant’s deposit.
Elsewhere in news for landlord insurance holders, the increased number of new home sales is an “encouraging” sign for the market, according to SmartNewHomes.
The comments follow Connells’ announcement that it experienced an 18 per cent increase in new homes sales in the first quarter of the year and a 44 per cent rise in the second quarter of 2011, compared to the same period last year.
Steve Lees, director at SmartNewHomes, said that developers are competitively pricing their new-build properties and are offering “excellent value for money” in relation to the rest of the market.
“We are optimistic that the wide range of developer deals and incentives, as well as the government’s newly launched FirstBuy scheme”.
Mr Lees feels this will help sustain industry activity and encourage new home sales by landlord insurance holders.
Meanwhile, although the short-term outlook is not bright, the home improvement industry is recovering from the recession, according to Homebuilding & Renovating.
Jason Orme, editor at the magazine, said that home extension projects have been “relatively strong” in recent months, while encouraging signs from the new homes market will also lend a boost to the sector.
He says: “Families keep on growing and needs keep on changing. As a result, people may well temporarily suspend a major homes purchase, but they will [do it eventually]“.
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