Tenants expect rents to rise
9th August 2010
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For the 5th quarter in a row Tenants are expecting a rise in rents in a years time.

The Rightmove Consumer Confidence Survey found 45% of those who are currently renting, and plan to stay in a rented home for the next 12 months, expect rents to be higher this time next year.

The figures also revealed that just 7% of people expected their housing costs to be lower.

The results will be of interest to buy-to-let investors whose returns will be hit by higher Capital Gains Tax on properties that are rented out, following the Governments emergency budget. Some landlords may take advantage of the expectations of prices rises to increase their margins to try to claw back some of the losses to tax.

This news comes as Lettings specialists continue to report fewer new landlords and a shortage of quality approved properties, this is in part due to Tenants remaining in their properties longer and the increase in people looking to rent rather than buy.

Rightmove said the number of available rental properties advertised in June this year has dropped by a fifth compared to June 2009.

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