Steady stock increase not enough to dampen rent inflation: Propertymark



The average number of properties available for rent per member branch has been gradually rising over the past few months, according to Propertymark’s private rented sector report. 

Data found that 80% of responding agents reported rents continuing to increase month-on-month in June.

The report says that pressure on rents has been steadfast since spring last year.

Propertymark members reported having 11 properties on average per member branch that were available to rent in June. 

There has been a steady increase in available properties since February’s low, however, agents reported signing up 11 new tenancies on average per member branch.

An average of 93 new applicants were registered per member branch in June, which Propertymark says has remained “fairly steady” over the past four months.

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson says: “It is good to see a slight increase in stock levels this month, but with that being said, this barely scratches the surface on what is needed in order to limit the ever-widening gap between supply and demand.”

“There is a decreasing number of incentives for landlords to remain within the sector, especially with the many incoming regulatory pressures on the horizon. We need reassurance from all Governments that they will address this increasingly pressing issue and in turn, ease the pressure within the private rented sector.”