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Six in 10 landlords report increased tenant demand in Q4 2023

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  • 63% say tenant demand grew during the final quarter of the year
  • North West, Yorkshire and East Midlands record highest demand levels
  • Strong correlation with rent increases across these regions

Six in 10 landlords recorded increased tenant demand for their properties in the final quarter of 2023, Paragon Bank research has revealed.

Research carried out on behalf of Paragon Bank showed that more than a third of landlords (37%) reported demand from tenants increased significantly during the three months to the end of December, with a further 26% experiencing slight increases.

According to the findings, 16% reported no change in demand, while just 4% felt it had decreased.

Analysing the data regionally highlighted how demand was strongest in the North West, with three-quarters of landlords (75%) reporting increases in tenant demand for the period. This was closely followed by Yorkshire & The Humber, where a similar proportion of landlords (74%) identified increased tenant demand, and the East Midlands where it was reported by just over seven in 10 (71%) landlords.

The survey, undertaken by BVA BDRC, also highlights a link between increased tenant demand and rental inflation. Rent increases were more likely to be reported by landlords in the most in-demand regions compared to the rest of the country, with the exception of the East of England. In each of these areas, just under nine in 10 landlords say that rents are rising currently – 89% in the East Midlands, 88% in the North West and 87% in Yorkshire & The Humber – which compares to around eight in 10 in regions such as the South West (81%) and Outer London (79%).

Looking forward, half of landlords (51%) are planning to increase rents across their own portfolio in the next six months, with the increased cost of running a property the key driver for those seeking to up rents (70%). Other forces behind planned rent increases include alignment with broader market rents (62%) and increased mortgage costs (40%), although this has fallen by eight percentage points compared to Q3.

Richard Rowntree, Paragon Bank Managing Director of Mortgages, said: “Although tenant demand has come off its record highs, there remains a chronic supply demand imbalance across large parts of the country.

“Although it’s a complex issue with many factors at play, the supply and demand dynamic dictates that we pay more for goods and services that are in high demand and short supply. It is unsurprising then to see that the landlords in the regions seeing the most demand are amongst the most likely to see rents rising. This illustrates how a healthy, sufficiently supplied PRS is needed to maintain rent levels that are affordable for the millions of people that live in rented homes.”

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Notes to editors:

BVA BDRC surveyed 398 landlords in December 2023 on behalf of Paragon Bank.

Paragon lends to private individuals and limited companies and provides mortgages suitable for single, self-contained properties, as well as HMOs and multi-unit blocks. Paragon can accommodate higher aggregate lending limits and more complex letting arrangements including local authority leases and corporate leases along with standard ASTs.

Paragon Bank PLC a subsidiary of the Paragon Banking Group PLC which is a FTSE 250 company based in Solihull in the West Midlands. Established in 1985, Paragon Banking Group PLC has over £14 billion of assets under management, helping more than 340,000 customers to achieve their ambitions.