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43.64% of Leicester households are 3-bedroom homes. Is that enough?

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43.64% of Leicester households are 3-bedroom homes. Is that enough?

As an estate and letting agent with a keen eye on local Leicester property trends, it becomes imperative to delve into the nuanced landscape of property types, mainly through the lens of bedroom distribution across various tenures. 

This analysis enriches the knowledge base of Leicester homeowners and landlords and positions them advantageously in making informed decisions.

At the heart of this exploration lies the categorisation of properties based on tenure: owner-occupied, owner-occupied with a mortgage, privately rented, and social housing. When dissected by the number of bedrooms – one, two, three, and four or more – each category reveals insightful trends that I can compare with local and national housing narratives.

Understanding this breakdown is crucial for Leicester homeowners as it sheds light on the current demand and supply dynamics within Leicester.

It offers a glimpse into which types of properties are most sought after. For instance, a surge in smaller, one or two-bedroom privately rented properties might indicate a rising demand from young professionals or smaller families, a demographic trend that has been observed nationally. Conversely, a prevalence of larger, owner-occupied homes could reflect a community with a significant number of established families valuing space and comfort.

On the other hand, Leicester landlords stand to gain immensely from this granular analysis.

The bedroom distribution across privately rented sectors can guide investment decisions, highlighting portfolio diversification or consolidation opportunities. For instance, a Leicester landlord noticing an undersupply in three-bedroom rental properties might consider acquiring or converting properties to fill this gap, thereby meeting market demand and enhancing rental yields. Our local authority, Leicester City Council, will also find it helpful to compare their housing stock against the private rented sector.

Moreover, comparing these local insights with national statistics offers a broader context, allowing Leicester’s property stakeholders to benchmark against broader trends. Such comparisons can reveal whether Leicester is moving in tandem with national shifts – like the growing preference for more space post-pandemic – or if it harbours unique local preferences that could be leveraged for competitive advantage.

Let’s look at the distribution of properties under tenure in the Leicester area, comparing them against the national stats.

In the Leicester area …

  • 15.64% of Leicester homes are 1 bed households, compared to 11.4% nationally.
  • 25.53% of Leicester homes are 2 bed households, compared to 27.1% nationally.
  • 43.64% of Leicester homes are 3 bed households, compared to 40.4% nationally.
  • 15.20% of Leicester homes are 4+ bed households, compared to 21.1% nationally.

Next, let me look at the distribution over the tenures in Leicester …

  • 24.59% of Leicester homes are owned outright, compared to 32.8% nationally.
  • 22.58% of Leicester homes are owned with a mortgage, compared to 28.7% nationally.
  • 23.15% of Leicester homes are social rented (Council & Housing Association), compared to 17.1% nationally.
  • 29.67% of Leicester homes are privately rented, compared to 20.3% nationally.

And now let’s look at household tenure by bedrooms …

So, what does it all mean? The Leicester housing market, with its diverse range of properties and tenures, offers a rich tapestry for analysis. 

For Leicester homeowners and landlords alike, understanding how the number of bedrooms correlates with different types of tenure provides a strategic lens through which to view their home or investments. It underscores the importance of local market intelligence in making informed decisions for buying, selling or renting properties.

As Leicester continues to evolve, staying abreast of these trends will empower current property holders and attract prospective buyers and investors to this vibrant city.

And finally, to answer the question posed at the start, 43.64% of Leicester households are 3-bed homes – is that enough? Well, that can’t be answered in this short article, as there is such a difference between the tenures. Instead, the article’s purpose was to highlight the information and make you think.

Why? Ultimately, the most knowledgeable agents, homeowners and landlords will recognise the value of detailed, localised property insights, using them to navigate the complexities of the Leicester property market with confidence and understanding.

Do let me know your thoughts.

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My name is Luke St Clair, If you would like to chat about the Leicester Property Market, whether you are a buyer, seller, landlord or tenant – then give me a call or email me. Just drop me a call on 07917 899 495 or email me at luke.stclair@knightsbridge-estates.co.uk

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