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Rental Enquiries Triple: Agents Juggle 25 per Property!

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

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The UK rental market is buzzing like a beehive!

Letting agents are currently juggling an average of 25 email and phone enquiries from prospective tenants for every property available to rent. That's more than triple the eight they were receiving on average at this time in 2019 and five more than in May of this year, according to data provided by Rightmove.

"We've been really feeling the pressure of having to manage the mounting number of enquiries for each rental property we have available," said Ria Laitmer, lettings property manager at Clarkes in Dorset.

The current gap between supply and demand is glaring. The number of available properties to rent has decreased by 35% compared with this time in 2019, though it has improved by 14% compared with last year.

Rightmove's research found that the biggest imbalance between supply and demand across Great Britain is in two-bedroom semi-detached houses, followed by two-bedroom terraced houses. Smaller property types are under more pressure from the demand and supply gap than larger properties.

Separate data released by Goodlord this week shows that strong demand for rental properties has pushed rental prices up by an average of almost 8% year-on-year.

So, if you're a property professional or a business owner in the UK, brace yourselves! The rental market is heating up, and it's time to juggle those enquiries like a pro!

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