‘Generation Rent (Forever)’ – 2,961 Tamworth Tenants have no intention of ever buying a property to call home

Generation rentThe good old days of the 1970’s and 1980’s eh … with such highlights lowlights as 24% inflation, 17% interest rates, 3 day working week, 13% unemployment, power cuts … those were the days (not)… but at least people could afford to buy their own home. So why aren’t the 20 and 30 something’s buying in the same numbers as they were 30 or 40 years ago?

Many people blame the credit crunch and global recession of 2008, which had an enormous impact on the Tamworth (and UK) housing market. Predominantly, the 20 something first-time buyers who, confronting a problematic mortgage market, the perceived need for big deposits, reduced job security and declining disposable income, discovered it challenging to assemble the monetary means to get on to the Tamworth property ladder.

However, I would say there has been something else at play other than the issue of raising a deposit – having sufficient income and rising property prices in Tamworth. Whilst these are important factors and barriers to home ownership, I also believe there has been a generational change in attitudes towards home ownership in Tamworth (and in fact the rest of the Country).

Back in 2011, the Halifax did a survey of thousands of tenants and 19% of tenants said they had no plans to buy a home for themselves. A recent, almost identical survey of tenants, carried out by The Deposit Protection Service revealed, in late 2016, that figure had risen to 38.4%, with many no-longer equating home ownership to success and believing renting to be better suited to their lifestyle.

You see, I believe renting is a fundamental part of the housing sector, and a meaningful proportion of the younger adult members of the Tamworth population choose to be tenants as it better suits their plans and lifestyle. Local Government in Tamworth (including the planners – especially the planners), land owners and landlords need an adaptable Tamworth residential property sector that allows the diverse choices of these Tamworth 20 and 30 year olds to be met.

This means, if we applied the same percentages to the current 7,711 Tamworth tenants in their 3,300 private rental properties, 2,961 tenants have no plans to ever buy a property – good news for the landlords of those 1,267 properties. Interestingly, in the same report, just under two thirds (62%) of tenants said they didn’t expect to buy within the next year.

.. but does that mean the other third will be buying in Tamworth in the next 12 months?

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Tamworth Tenants

Some will, but most won’t … in fact, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) predicts that, by 2025, that the number of people renting will increase, not drop. Yes, many tenants might hope to buy but the reality is different for the reasons set out above.  The RICS predicts the number of tenants looking to rent will increase by 1.8 million households by 2025, as rising house prices continue to make home ownership increasingly unaffordable for younger generations.  So, if we applied this rise to Tamworth, we will in fact need an additional 1,414 private rental properties over the next eight years (or 177 a year) … meaning the number of private rented properties in Tamworth is projected to rise to an eye watering 4,714 households.

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192 Tamworth Households Occupied by OAP Renters

Recent statistics published by the Office of National Statistics show that there are 267,704 private rented households in the Country that are occupied by people aged 65 and older, meaning 4.39% of OAP’s are living in private rented property.

It got me thinking two things. How many of these OAP’s have always rented and how many have sold up and become a tenant?  In retirement, selling up could make financial sense to the mature generation in Tamworth, potentially allowing them to liquidate the equity of their main home to enhance their retirement income.  I wanted to know why these older people rent and whether there was opportunity for the buy to let landlords of Tamworth?

The Prudential published a survey recently that said nearly six out of ten OAP renters had never owned a home.  Two out of ten OAP renters were required to sell up because of debt, just about one in ten OAP renters sold their property to use the money to fund their retirement and the remaining one out ten OAP renters, rented for other reasons.

Funding retirement is important as the life expectancy of someone from Tamworth at age 65 (years) is 18.4 years for males and 20.7 years for females (interesting when compared to the National Average of 18.7 years for males and 21.1 years for females).  The burdens of financing a long retirement are being felt by many mature people of Tamworth.  The state of play is not helped by rising living costs and ultra-low interest rates reducing returns for savers.

So, what of Tamworth?  Of the 7,239 households in Tamworth, whose head of the household is 65 or over, not surprisingly 5,236 of households were owned (72.33%) and 1,631 (22.53%) were in social housing.  However, the figure that fascinated me was the 192 (2.65%) households that were in privately rented properties.

Tenure: Owned; Tenure: Shared ownership (part owned and part rented); Tenure: Rented from council (Local Authority Tenure: Private rented; Tenure: Living rent free;
72.33% 0.26% 22.53% 2.65% 2.22%

Anecdotal evidence, by talking to both my team and other Tamworth property professionals is that this figure is rising.  More and more Tamworth OAP’s are selling their large Tamworth homes and renting something more manageable, allowing them to release all of their equity from their old home.  This equity can be gifted to grandchildren (allowing them to get on the property ladder), invested in plans that produce a decent income and while living the life they want to live.

These Tamworth OAP renters know they have a fixed monthly expenditure and can budget accordingly with the peace of mind that their property maintenance and the upkeep of the buildings are included in the rent.  Many landlords will also include gardening in the rent! Renting is also more adaptable to the trials of being an OAP – the capability to move at short notice can be convenient for those moving into nursing homes, and it doesn’t leave family members panicking to sell the property to fund care-home fees.

Tamworth landlords should seriously consider low maintenance semi-detached bungalows on decent bus routes and close to doctor’s surgeries as a potential investment strategy to broaden their portfolio.  Get it right and you will have a wonderful tenant, who if the property offers everything a mature tenant wants and needs, will pay top dollar in rent!

If you are looking for an agent with experience that can help you find the right tenant for your property, then contact us to find out how we can get the best out of your investment property. Email me  on lorraine@hallandthompson.co.uk or give me a call on 07531484956. We can always meet up for a chat and a coffee, we can even walk the dog.

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