Top 10 most wanted features in rented properties

1/10/2019 11:24 AM

Zoopla recently released data following their analysis of the top 10 keyword searches performed on their site by prospective tenants. Naturally, these keyword searches often vary dependent on area however the top three are fairly consistent across Britain. Here are the top 10 in order:

  1. Parking
  2. Garage
  3. Pets
  4. Furnished
  5. Garden
  6. Student
  7. Bills included
  8. Balcony
  9. Bungalow
  10. Detached

Parking was the most searched for term across Britain, and it's high on tenants lists of requirements in Hinckley too. You'll often be able to achieve a higher rent for a property that has off-road parking. Naturally it's hard to add parking or garages to a property once you've purchased it, so it's important for landlords to consider this when purchasing investment properties.

Annabel Dixon, a spokesperson for Zoopla, said: “Parking and garages were a consistent requirement for tenants across the nation. While this may not be the most exciting feature of a home, our research clearly shows that landlords can make their properties much more attractive by creating or enhancing existing parking.
“Whether they re-landscape their garden to include a driveway or apply to drop the kerb outside their house, these changes could pay dividends.”

Allowing pets continues to be popular among landlords, and most tenants are willing to pay a premium to have their furry family members living with them. Tenants with pets have been hit particularly hard by the Tenant Fees Act, as landlords can no longer take higher deposits or contract tenants to carry our certain cleans at the end of their tenancy. Therefore, lots of landlords now negotiate a higher rent to compensate them for increased wear and tear. I've seen increases of £25 - £50 per month dependent on the property and the pets that the tenants have.

Zoopla also shared the most viewed property types across England, and three bedroom semi-detached homes came out on top everywhere apart from London. Three bedroom semi-detached homes can now exceed £800 PCM in Hinckley.

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