As lockdown continues to impact the property market, the latest Goodlord Rental Index shows a significant drop in the rental market in 5 out of 8 UK regions throughout April. At the same time, the dip in void periods has fluctuated across the UK.
According to the data, there was a rapid drop in the volume of new and completed tenancies leading up to Easter, before rebounding and finding balance towards the end of the month.
The majority of regions monitored by Goodlord saw a drop during April, with the average rental costs across the UK falling by a collective 2 per cent, from £878 to £861 per property per month.
The biggest drop in rental costs was found in Wales and the West Midlands. Both regions recorded a loss of 6 per cent. The North East saw a 4 per cent dip, followed by a 2 per cent drop in the average rental costs for Greater London and the North West.
The South West prices remained steady, but the South East and East Midlands saw a 1 per cent rise in average rental costs.
In terms of void periods, there were records of marginal increases for three days in the North West, two days in the South East and five days in the South West. However, East Midlands, Greater London and the North East saw a two-day drop.
Tom Mundy, COO at Goodlord, said: “Everyone in the industry is doing what they can to cope with an unprecedented set of challenges.
“With restrictions on movement continuing, it’s no surprise that market activity is significantly down year-on-year and that rents and void periods are fluctuating across the regions.”
It’s not all bad news
There is some positive news to come out of the latest data. According to Mundy, Goodlord’s letting activity tracker appears to demonstrate a new level of consistency in market demand over the past week.
He added: “Whilst a halving of activity year-on-year remains a crippling statistic for the industry, we also believe a huge amount of pent up demand will be released once lockdown lifts.
“Agents who are able to plan ahead for this and can ensure their strategies adapt to the new normal of social distancing will be in a strong position to capitalise on that surge.”
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