A single person’s guide to renting – information and options
Although buying a home is the biggest financial commitment in most people’s lives, paying the rent is the biggest monthly outgoing payment for most tenants. So, for single people with plans to buy their home, paying out that chunk of your income to rent a place makes it even more difficult to save for deposit. But if you are happy to rent, the chances are that the monthly costs of keeping that roof over your head may be higher than normal.
These and other financial pressures also mean that more people find themselves having to rent for longer than they normally would. People who originally set out to save for a deposit and buy a home in the long term now find themselves renting for 10 to 20 years longer than they expected, renting into their 30s and 40s before they are able to buy their own home.
Latest stats from the English Housing Survey show that there’s been a shift from owning to renting and there’s now 4.5 million single and family households renting private accommodation and 3.9 million renting social housing. More than 75% of single men and 60% of single women in the 18-35 age group now rent homes with the number growing each year.
Numbers of people renting a home has soared by 40% during the past five years as challenging times, insufficient house building to keep up with demand and difficulty getting mortgages makes it hard for potential buyers to get on the property ladder.
The better news is that this trend and what seems to be an unfair situation for a huge chunk of people now renting has led to a more open debate resulting in some initial practical measures, one of them is the government plans to ban some types of letting agent’s fees, (although none of the promised developments have been announced yet).
What does this mean if you’re single?
High costs of renting in the UK affects a HUGE number of single people; existing tenants and single people looking to set up home on their own. The average monthly rent recorded between April 2016 & March 2017 in England was £675 rising to double for London rental properties – 85% of an average single tenant’s monthly salary.
A practical guide to renting, information, rental options, benefits, rights for single tenants
So is there any support out there for single tenants then? Finding a new home to rent or renting a home for the first time as a single person can be a big challenge. So if it’s just you on your own having to tackle the rental market then we believe forewarned is forearmed, in this section you’ll find a handy up to date guide to some of the jargon and other things you need to know like practical info on different private and social housing rental options, where to start and information on your rights.
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