London Tenants Could be £1,800 Better Off Due to Brexit
By |Published On: 15th January 2019|

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London Tenants Could be £1,800 Better Off Due to Brexit

By |Published On: 15th January 2019|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

London tenants could be £1,806 better off since the UK’s vote to leave the EU in June 2016, according to the latest Rental Index from Landbay, which is powered by MIAC.

Using a conservative projection, rent price growth in London is now 2.84% lower than expected back in June 2016, but this could be as high as 4.15%. This higher estimate would leave London tenants with an extra £1,806, due to subdued rent prices, or £1,218 for the mid-point calculation.

The capital’s property market, which has arguably suffered disproportionately from uncertainty since the EU referendum, saw average rent price growth drop from 1.26% in June 2016 to a low of -0.33% in June 2017, before starting a slow recovery in February 2018 (+0.05%), up to 0.58% in December last year.

The rest of the UK has largely stayed in line with expectations for growth, with the decline in rent price inflation being confined to London.

The average UK rent price rose by 0.96% in the year to December, Landbay reports. Nationally, growth continues to be weighed down by slower inflation in London on otherwise resilient increases in the rest of the UK (1.16% excluding the capital).

Rent prices in Wales (1.57%) and Scotland (1.48%) were growing more than 55% faster than the rest of the UK, and almost twice the rate of growth for Northern Ireland (0.75%).

On a regional level, rent price growth in the East Midlands (2.19%), West Midlands (1.48%), and Yorkshire and the Humber (1.40%) continues to lead the way, while growth in the North East (0.01%) continues its downward trend towards falling rents.

John Goodall, the CEO and Founder of Landbay, says: “It’s hard to ignore the impact that the vote to leave the EU has had on property market in London. While tenants are better off, without necessarily realising it, uncertainty in the market has caused a conundrum for landlords.

“Many landlords will have been looking to offset the Government’s punitive tax regime by raising rents, however, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit has forced the vast majority to forfeit this to maintain a steady income.”

He believes: “Employment and immigration are the two main concerns for the housing market when considering Brexit. While nobody is any clearer about Britain’s future relationship with the EU, it’s clear the impact of a no-deal Brexit would be significant for the UK economy and property market.”

The findings arrive as MPs prepare to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal today.

Another study claims that UK rents are expected to increase by an average of 11.4% by 2024.

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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