Millennials will have spent over £110k on rent before purchasing a home

MillennialsA generation of millennials renting in this country will have spent more than £110,000 in rent by the time they are finally in a position to purchase a property according to Landbay’s National Rental Survey.


Those renting an average-sized home in the capital having started their tenancies at the age of 21 will have spent £110,830 by the time they buy their first home at age 32. This equates to 34% of their £330,234 household post-tax income.


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Of course those living in London will pay significantly more money in rent, with the study suggesting that the average household will have spent £273,210 on rent by the time they purchase their first ever property. Reflecting the fact that both house prices and rents are generally higher in the capital.


The findings also revealed that 41% of millennials do not expect to over own a home of their own, relying instead on the private rental sector to support them into old age.


It is estimated that these tenants will spend 1.1m on rent if they live outside of London and £2.6m on lifetime rent if they live in the capital by the time they reach the average life expectancy of 82.



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John Goodall, CEO and founder of Landbay, commented: “While younger people have always been overrepresented in the private rented sector, over the last decade there has been a marked increase in the proportion of younger households relying on the buy-to-let market.


“The government is giving off strong signals that it is ready to tackle the supply shortages gripping the nation, while also improving standards, affordability and the institutional supply of rental properties in particular.


“This can only be good news if it becomes reality, but with so many of the issues being systemic, only time will tell if these measures will have the desired effect.”


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18th December 2017