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Tenant enquiries jump by almost 50%

Countrywide has seen a stark rise in the number of applicants registering to rent between January and March, with a 48% increase in the number of tenant enquiries.

The letting agent and property services company registered 48,332 new tenants in Q1, up 36% from the same time last year.

March alone has seen the highest number of tenant registrations at Countrywide since 2004.

According to Countrywide, on average there are now 4.9 tenants competing for every property compared to 2.9 tenants in January 2010.

John Hards, co-managing director at Countrywide Residential Lettings, says: “Demand for rental properties has rocketed over the last few months and the shortage of properties is pushing up demand across the country.

“Buy-to-let landlords are using this as an opportunity to increase their property portfolios as rental yields improve in key locations, which is helping with the severe shortage of supply in many locations.”

In the South West competition for two-bedroom properties is tough, with 10.5 tenants vying for each property.

Two-bedroom properties are demand in the South East as 6.8 tenants compete for every available property.

Meanwhile three-bedroom homes are most in demand in the North West with an average of 3.6 tenants to each property.

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  • ANNON 21st April 2010 at 12:30 pm

    GOOD NEWS FOR LANDLORDS
    PRIVATE SECTOR WILL HAVE TO MAKE UP SHORTFALLS IN SOCIAL HOUSING
    IN SOME PARTS OFF COUNTRY RENTS HAVE RISEN BY 25% IN LAST 3 YEARS

  • ANNON 21st April 2010 at 12:30 pm

    GOOD NEWS FOR LANDLORDS
    PRIVATE SECTOR WILL HAVE TO MAKE UP SHORTFALLS IN SOCIAL HOUSING
    IN SOME PARTS OFF COUNTRY RENTS HAVE RISEN BY 25% IN LAST 3 YEARS

  • Paul Silcox 20th April 2010 at 11:37 am

    Is this due to people being priced out of starter homes or people unwilling to commit to 25 years of mortgage debt given uncertaintly regarding election/cuts etc?