What renters look for

What renters look for

A recent survey by Uswitch of over 2,000 tenants has identified security as the most desirable feature of a property. Almost two in three or 60% wanted secure doors and windows, an alarm system or video door entry in their property. A garden or private outdoor space such as a patio or balcony also ranked highly with 46% of respondents across age groups. These will have to be maintained either by the tenant or an outside contractor and factored into the rent. Proximity to a park is also key to tenants especially those with families.

 

Precious pets

Four in 10 tenants are looking for a property that accepts pets and has become an important part of the decision-making process. Landlords should include a clause in the tenancy agreement that the property must be professionally cleaned at the end of the tenancy. Some ask for a bigger deposit to cover any damage.

 

Energy efficiency

As energy costs have risen, tenants are on the lookout for more energy efficient properties with a third looking for double glazing and newer washing machines and dishwashers with higher energy credentials and lower bills. Storage scored highly with 40% of tenants saying it was important, especially so for long term renters, with access to cellars or lofts a bonus.

 

Furnished or unfurnished

Half of renters choose unfurnished properties with many older renters having their own furniture. However younger renters aged 18-24 prefer furnished accommodation according to the survey, although it can be more expensive. Overall there is higher demand for unfurnished homes, and this could be more attractive to tenants.

 

Contact us today and let us help you get your move underway.

 

Arins - selling & letting homes in Wokingham, Lower Earley, Tilehurst, Reading and Winnersh since 2009.

 

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