13,680 rented second homes in 2017 – highest number on record
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13,680 rented second homes in 2017 – highest number on record

The number of properties rented as second homes in Great Britain reached 13,680 in 2017 – 136% more than in 2007 when there were just 5,800

• The average rent of a second home reached £1,060 pcm in Great Britain – 24% more than the average rent of a primary home

• The South West has the highest proportion of rented homes let as second homes - six out of the top 10 second home rental hotspots are in the South East or South West

• The average cost of a new let rose to £953 pcm, up 1.3% year-on-year in May The number of properties rented as a second home in Great Britain reached 13,680 last year, the highest number on record. (table 1).

The Hamptons International Lettings Index (formerly the Countrywide Lettings Index*) reported that the number of rental properties used as a second home has been steadily rising since 2007 when its records first began.

Last year there were 136% more rented second homes than in 2007 when there were just 5,800. This is also up 11% on 2016. The average rent of a second home reached £1,060 pcm in Great Britain last year. This is 24% more than the average rent of a primary home in Great Britain.

In London this rises to £2,030 pcm with manysecond home renters using their London rental property as a pied a terre. London has the third highest proportion of rented homes let as second homes, behind the South West in first place and Scotland in second. Six out of the top 10 second home rental hotspots are located in the South East or South West. (table 2).

Windsor and Maidenhead top the list, with 14% of rental homes let as second homes. The more rural areas of Gloucester and Tewkesbury in the South West follow with 11% and 6% of rental homes let as second homes. The average cost of a new let rose to £953 pcm, up 1.3% year-on-year in May. (table 3). However, the pace of rental growth slowed from 1.9% in April. Average rents in the North fell for the second consecutive month. Meanwhile rental growth in London also slowed to 0.9%, driven by year-on-year falls in average rents in inner London.

Commenting Aneisha Beveridge, Analyst at Hamptons International, said: “The number of people renting second homes has reached a record high. The additional stamp duty surcharge on second home purchases introduced in April 2016, increased buyers’ upfront costs and resulted in more people deciding to rent a second home rather than buy.

“The places second home renters are choosing include a mix of town and country. Second home rental hotspots reflect today’s lifestyle choices from the pied a terre in towns and cities, close to work, schools and all the amenities that city life has to offer, to rural and coastal locations perfect for escaping the trappings of a busy urban life.

“Average rents rose in seven out of eight regions in May on the back of fewer homes being available to rent than last year. Rents in the North fell for the second consecutive month, meanwhile rental growth remained strong in Wales, the East & the Midlands.”

Chart 1 - Second Home Rental Properties in Great Britain

Table 1 - Rented Second Homes in Great Britain

Table 2 – Top 15 Second Home Rental Hotspots

Table 3 – New Lets (pcm)

Source: Hamptons International Regional definitions North = North East, North West & Yorkshire & the Humber South = London, South East, South West & East The Hamptons International Monthly Lettings Index for May 2018 will be released on Friday 8 June 2018, embargoed for 00.01 hours Monday 11 June 2018 Ends For further information please contact: Alison Blease Head of Research PR, Hamptons International Tel: +44 (0) 776 96 77 825 Email: bleasea@hamptons-int.com /…

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