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Daily politics update-rents, Universal Credit guidance, deposits

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

In our politics update today we take a look at new guidance for landlords on Universal Credit, research on rents and research on deposits.

Renters Pay Up 18% More Each Month Than Those Who Own Their Homes Says New Research 

Renters are paying up to 18% more each month than those who own their own homes in some parts of the UK, according to the latest Halifax Buying vs. Renting Review.

The gap is greatest in London, where homeowners save 18% on average (£3,727 annually), followed by the South East (17%), South West and Scotland (both 16%). Buyers across all UK regions save upwards of 10% when compared to renters in the same area, with the exception of Yorkshire and The Humber, where homeowners save just 3% on average – £235 per year.

The research looks at the housing costs associated with a mortgage on a three-bed home, compared to the average monthly rent of the same property type.

Russell Galley, Managing Director, Halifax, said: “The overall gap between home buying and renting is at its smallest margin for 10 years, but this masks some significant regional variations where homeowners are making some considerable savings on monthly costs.

“While Londoners stand to save the most from home ownership compared to renting, buyers in the South East and South West of England and north of the border in Scotland are also reaping the benefits. Buyers in two thirds of UK regions are saving upwards of £1,000 a year from living in a home they own, with the smallest saving for homeowners in Yorkshire and Humberside at £227.”

At a UK level, homeowners are saving 3% on average (£227 annually) with the gap reducing from 17% year-on-year since 2015, when buyers were saving an average of £1476 per year or £123 per month.

This has reversed from 2009, when it was buying that was more expensive, and renters saved on average £209 per year or £17 per month.

Over the last 10 years, with house prices increasing, average monthly buying costs have also increased by 26% (£150), driven by an increase in the average mortgage payment and a rise in the amount of the average deposit. The cost of renting has increased by 33% (£186) over the past 10 years to £747. Read research here.

DWP Updates Guide on UC Payments and Budgeting Support    

The Department for Work and Pensions has published an updated guide providing details on how Universal Credit is paid and the budgeting support available through DWP and other organisations. It can be accessed here.

Rental deposits equal 15% of all annual real estate investment

Research by rental deposit replacement scheme Ome shows that in 2019, just over £5.2bn was held in rental deposits across the letting sector.

This figure is calculated from 4.6 million tenancies seeing the average tenant spend £1,139 to secure a property.

Over the past year, total business investment in the UK reached £198bn.

Whilst the money used as traditional deposits equates to a small percentage of that, if it was available to the wider economy it would boost UK business investment by 2.6%.

The £5.2bn held in traditional deposits last year exceeds investment into a number of sub-industries.

Investment in the UK real estate sector over the past 12 months totals £35bn, and the sum of £5.2bn equates to 15% of this total investment.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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