March 13, 2024 11:22 am

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Nikka Sulton

In February, Foxtons observed a noteworthy 20% year-on-year surge in new rental instructions, reflecting a dynamic trend in the rental market. The average rent saw a notable three percent increase within a month, reaching an average of £561. Despite a 15% year-on-year decrease in applicant demand in February, the market exhibited resilience and adaptability.

Interestingly, the number of new instructions in February, though 10% lower than January 2024, contributed to a significant 19% increase in the year-to-date comparison with the same period in 2023. This suggests a sustained and growing interest in the rental sector, with landlords and tenants actively participating in the market. These insights provide a comprehensive snapshot of the rental landscape, highlighting both short-term fluctuations and the broader trajectory of the rental market’s evolution.

As the dynamics of the rental market continue to unfold, understanding the interplay of factors influencing new instructions, rent fluctuations, and applicant demand becomes crucial for stakeholders navigating this landscape. The nuanced patterns observed in this data offer valuable insights for both landlords and tenants making informed decisions in the ever-evolving rental market.

In February 2024, there was a noticeable 15% decrease in applicant demand, signaling a market with more moderate activity compared to the previous year. Despite South London maintaining its position as the most sought-after area, it experienced a substantial decline in applicants, registering a 21% drop compared to the same period in 2023.

London’s rental prices exhibited a nuanced trend, with a two percent year-on-year decrease. However, when compared to January 2024, there was a three percent increase, resulting in an average rental price of £561. Interestingly, West London stood out as the only region experiencing a year-on-year increase, with prices rising from an average of £459 in 2023 to £487 in 2024 year-to-date. These market dynamics reflect the intricate balance of demand and pricing variations across different regions of London.

Since October 2023, the ratio of new renters to new instructions in London has consistently ranged between 12 and 14 applicants per instruction, showcasing a stable trend. The significant year-on-year decrease of 29% indicates a notable shift in market dynamics, reflecting reduced demand and increased supply.

Gareth Atkins, the Managing Director of Lettings at Foxtons, notes, “The London lettings market is undergoing the expected adjustments, with a 15% decrease in applicant demand and a 20% increase in listings compared to February last year.” As the market evolves, landlords are urged to adapt, recognizing that merely listing their property is no longer sufficient to achieve a favorable return on investment.

“Though applicant numbers remain higher than 2019, we are conducting 23 per cent more viewings in order to secure tenancies. Building a competitive pricing strategy and instructing a proactive agent are crucial for a landlord’s success in this evolving market.”

Sarah Tonkinson, Managing Director of Institutional PRS and Build to Rent at the agency, comments: “South London had the highest demand, Central London had the highest budgets and West London was the only region to see a year-on-year increase in average price this February. 

“Dig deeper, and you’ll find even greater differences within each region. Landlords can set their listings apart by understanding and adapting to nuances in their local market. 

“That’s why we leverage real-time data and analytics to optimise our clients strategies, keeping landlords competitive within micro-markets.”


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