August 31, 2021 0 Comments Property Market News

Leicester Homeowners Have Turned to the Rental Market to Cash In By £4,000 Each

Should you sell or should you buy in this most interesting Leicester property market?

I have calculated that at least 446 Leicester house sellers have rented a home to break their house chain in the last 12 months, although at a cost as they face paying many thousands of pounds in rent.

There are a number of reasons behind this. One is because they cannot find another Leicester property to buy amidst a continuing shortage of new Leicester properties coming to the market. Although, there are others who have achieved such a high price for their home they have decided to cash in and are (hopefully for them) waiting for the Leicester property market drop?

Or will it drop? (More on that later).

Those selling their home have seen the…

average Leicester home rise in value in the
last 12 months by £4,000.

Yet, if they have had to go into private renting, they have paid for that privilege in the rent they have had to pay.

The average cost of a six-month rental agreement in Leicester is £4,938, meaning accidental Leicester tenants have pumped £2,202,306 into the Leicester rental market in the last 12 months.

The unevenness between the number of properties for sale and demand for them is at its widest since the early 2000’s. Whilst we have seen a slight improvement in the number of properties for sale in Leicester, there are still…

27% fewer homes up for sale today in Leicester,
compared to August last year.

This serious shortage of Leicester property for sale is discouraging some hesitant Leicester homeowners from putting their property on to the housing market, anxious they will not be able to find their next home and will be left renting.

Yet some savvy Leicester homeowners are moving into a rented property as a way to navigate the shortage of properties to buy. If you have someone offering you top dollar for your Leicester home, whilst you will have the hassle of two moves, the increase in value of your Leicester home will more than offset the rent.

Also, when you come to buy your next Leicester home, you will be chain free and in pole position to buy your ‘forever home’, rather than being overlooked for the home because you are sold stc and burdened with a chain.

Yet this trend has made life tougher for long-term Leicester tenants.

On average there were normally 3,000 to 4,000 properties available to rent in Leicester on Rightmove at any one time (pre-pandemic), today there are only 1,708 available

To give you an idea of how this has affected the Leicester rental market, with heightened demand and lower supply, demand for rental properties has grown to such an extent…

the average rent in Leicester has grown from £823 per month
a year ago to £888 per month today.

Tenants are suffering from less choice and higher rents in the Leicester property rental market, with few indications it’s going to significantly ease on the run up to Christmas.

So, what is going to happen to the Leicester property market?

Well, those of you that follow me know I regularly write about the Leicester property market in my property blog. If you would like some recent articles I have written about the future of the local property, either drop me a line and I will send you some links to those posts, send me a DM or contact me by telephone.

In the meantime, please do share your thoughts on the matter in the comments.