Rents will Rise Faster than Property Prices in Derby

The next five years will see an interesting change in the Derby property market. My recent research has concluded that the rent private tenants pay in Derby will rise faster than Derby property prices over the next five years, creating further issues to Derby’s growing multitude of renters. In fact, my examination of statistics forecasts that ..

By 2022, Derby rents will increase by 23%, whereas Derby property values will only grow by 18%.

Let me explain why I have come to those conclusions:

Over the last five years, property values in Derby have risen by 22.8%, whilst rents have only risen by 9.5%.

Throughout the last few years, and compounded in 2016, tenant demand for rental properties continued to go up whilst the press predicted some landlords expect to reduce their portfolios in the next couple of years, meaning Derby tenants will have fewer properties to choose from, which will push rents higher. In fact, talking to fellow property professionals in Derby, there appears to be privation and shortage of new rental properties coming on to the Derby lettings market.

Landlords have some intriguing challenges ahead of them in the coming years most notably in that the Tory’s have changed the taxation rules for landlords in the way buy to let properties are to be taxed. On top of that, there is the ban on letting agent fees which is still to come into force (probably in 2018). When that happened in Scotland in 2012, Scottish letting agents passed on those fees to their landlords, who in turn increased the rent they charged to their tenants.

All I would say to Theresa May and Philip Hammond is that they must be wary about indicating both red and green lights at the same time to the private rented sector. They can’t expect the armies of small private landlords to continue to house around a fifth of the population and then tax the hell out of them. They didn’t invest in buy to let as a charity or to satisfy any philanthropic urges. Something has to give – and that will be significant rent rises over the coming few years – and before anyone gives me any derogatory comments about landlords … if it wasn’t for landlords buying all these buy to let properties over the last 15 years, I am not sure where everyone would be living today – because most the Council houses were sold off in the 1980’s!.

With the challenges ahead, with the ‘B’ word (that’s budget if you wondered!), house price inflation will be tempered over the coming five years in Derby. As I have discussed in previous articles, the number of properties on the market in Derby remains close to historic lows, which is both good as it keeps houses prices relatively stable, yet not so good as it impedes choice for buyers… and hence why I believe property values in Derby will only be 18% higher in five years’ time.

Whilst on the other side of the coin, with the challenges facing landlords and the significant shortage of new homes being built, Derby people still need somewhere to live. If those people aren’t buying houses and the local authority aren’t building council houses in there thousands as they have no money, with the average rent for a Derby rental property currently standing at £703 per month …

Over the next five years, I predict the average rent in Derby will rise to £865 per month.

These are interesting times. There is still money to be made in buy to let in Derby – Derby landlords will just need to be smarter and more savvy with their investments. If you are looking for such advice and opinion to help you meet those investment goals.