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8 tenant and landlord trends for 2023

March 14, 2023

There is a lot going on in the 2023 letting market for both landlords and tenants. It’s important to be tuned in to what’s going on, no matter which side of the fence you are standing on. While demand for rented homes is high and ever-increasing, tenants are now more protected than ever. The mutually beneficial landlord-tenant relationship is becoming more structured. This has some significant advantages for both parties in what is becoming a more and more long-term relationship.

Increase in demand
Demand is increasing all the time for rented property, which is good news for landlords but perhaps a little frustrating when you are seeking a new place to call home. Enlisting the help of a good agent will help a great deal and save much time.

Tenants are renting for longer

Fewer first-time buyers due to the challenges of scraping together a deposit amid the cost-of-living crisis mean tenants are renting for longer. This is good for planning and investing in your future property plans, whether you are a landlord or tenant.

Some landlords are exiting the rental sector, creating new opportunities
It’s not easy for some landlords, new legislation and increasing costs, some are choosing to retire and enjoy life. This creates more opportunities for new landlords who invest in energy-efficient, modern homes, providing great places for tenants to live.

There are more older tenants
One of the reasons there is more demand for rented accommodation is because now more mature tenants rent than ever before, whereas the perception stemming from the past is that mainly younger people rent.

Tenants are paying more for energy-efficient homes
Greener homes are in demand. Landlords have a deadline of 2025 to meet the Energy Performance Certificate of C for newly let properties and until 2028 for existing let properties. More energy-efficient homes may cost a little more to rent but will save tenants on household bills.

Capital Gains Tax changes (CGT) for landlords
For the tax year 2023-2024, the tax-free allowance for Capital Gains Tax will be reduced from £12,300 to £6,000, and for the tax year 2024-2025, it will be fixed at £3,000. Relatively speaking, this is not a massive increase as it is based on a tax-free allowance.

More landlords are creating limited companies
With most landlords already choosing to form limited companies due to limited personal liability advantages, the number of landlords choosing this route will increase further as the rental market becomes more business oriented.

Standards are getting higher
As landlords are forced to upgrade energy efficiency and modernise their properties, the good news for them is that tenants are more content and likely to rent for longer, assuring landlords’ investments. Tenants get to enjoy modern, on-trend, energy-efficient, tech-friendly homes without making big capital investments. Renting is becoming an increasingly enticing prospect, and the future for tenants and landlords looks exciting.

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