5 Signs To Spot A Crisis In The London Property Market

London Housing Market

The London Housing marketing is currently being described as dysfunctional, and it is hardly surprising when we take a look at the array of problems in our capital city. The papers are filled, almost daily, with reports of increasing rents, rental fraud, shortage of rental properties and properties lying empty. But, what should be addressed first, what is going to have an impact?

12 Tenants for every new property listing

It is not just the rise in the rental prices that is causing a problem, the demand for each property is causing mental stress for house hunters too.  It is reported that there are some 12 tenants to each new rental property listing, showing that there is a serious shortage of rental properties available in the city. Of course, this shortage  causes the rents to increase as a result.

Read more: City A.M – Londons rental crisis worsens with 12 tenants for every new property listing

London property costs three times as much as the average UK home

It’s not just those that rent that are suffering. Those purchasing their property in London are paying three times the average property price in the UK. Whilst we might think that the salaries in London are uplifted to cope with these prices this simply isn’t the case with house prices growing way above the average earning, five times more in fact. Buyers are simply being priced out of the market.

Read more: The Independent – London property costs three times as much as the average UK home

Pay Rises Needed for Londoners to Buy a House

In order for a Londoner to buy a home in the capital, they would need a 266% pay rise, new research shows. The increasing prices of property mean that in a majority of the boroughs of London a salary of £100,000 is required to get a mortgage for a property. Even with the Help to Buy London scheme things are tough.

Read more: The Telegraph – Londoners need a 266pc pay rise to buy a house

Soaring cost of renting pushing people out of London

According to the London Evening Standard, the spiralling costs of renting a property in our capital is three-quarters of Londoners to suffer from stress, with many seeing the only solution as leaving London altogether.

This, of course, could have a knock-on effect on the London job market. A London skills shortage could be the result of private renters relocating to other cities of the UK where the cost of living is lower.

Read more: The Evening Standard – Soaring cost of renting means a third of people want to leave London

Rental properties in demand outside of London

So if rising prices, amongst other things, are pushing potential tenants out of London where is it that they are going? An article in the Property Reporter lists the top ten rental hotspots outside of London as follows:

London Property Market

It’s not just the capital’s property market that is in danger either, the transport trade is volatile, after  the Transports for London’s shock decision to ban taxi app Uber from the capital.

Londoners are not just moving into the commuter-belt though. Some are upping sticks and make complete lifestyle changes to escape the ever increasing rental and property prices of the big smoke. This is great news for letting agents in Southampton, Manchester, Liverpool and many of our other major cities.

If you had to move out of London where would you go? Do you think London is heading for a crash? Discuss with us in the comments.

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