To rent or not to rent

Updated: Feb 24, 2020

That is the question. In years gone by, many young people only wanted to rent until they could buy their first home, and few thought of renting long-term. In other countries, such as Germany and France, there are a comparatively high number of rented accommodations, and long-term renters are not the exception – in Germany, in particular, people favour renting – over 40% of the country does!

In recent years, there has been a considerable increase in the number of rented accommodations in England, and people are now staying in the rental market for many years…

The changing English property market

57% of house owners in England are aged 65+ and only 22% are aged 16-34 years. Most property buyers fall into the 35-50 age group (48%), with a further 31% aged 50-65 years. For a variety of reasons, there has been a huge growth in the private rental sector in recent years – particularly in the younger age group. One of the key reasons for this is that young people find it incredibly difficult to save enough money for a deposit to get on the first rung of the property ladder.