Rising age of renters fuels fears that many will never afford own home

Rising age of renters fuels fears that many will never afford own home

The number of people renting a home aged 35-54 has risen by 15% in the last three years as they struggle to get a mortgage according to new research.

Those who rent listed not being able to afford a deposit or not meeting mortgage criteria as the main reasons for not being able to get on the property ladder, in the survey of more than 2,000 renters.

The report, commissioned by Intus Lettings, suggests that the struggle which those renting property face in getting onto the housing market ladder may be worsening, despite house prices seeing their largest November fall since 2012 .

The amount of people aged 45-54 who revealed they are renting due to not being able to afford a house deposit has grown by a third since 2016 according to the new data, while just under a fifth of renters over 55 believe they’ll ever be able to afford to buy a property. Reasons noted in the survey included general affordability and problems getting a mortgage due to age.

These results are supported by a 2018 study by the Department for Work and Pensions which revealed the number of people aged 35-54 who rent has nearly doubled in the last ten years .

Younger renters were more optimistic about the chances of owning a property in the future, with just 43 per cent of tenants aged 18-24 saying they couldn’t afford a deposit. However, most of this age group said they were putting aside less than £50 per month towards one.

Hope McKendrick, Lettings Manager at Intus Lettings, said: “With the cost of rent rising faster than wages, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of people find themselves unable to save up for a deposit to buy a home well into their 40s, 50s and beyond.

“The survey results revealing that a large proportion of older renters don’t believe they’ll ever be able to buy a home is a particularly worrying trend, as only around one-in-five middle-aged tenants feel renting actually suits their lifestyle.”

For every age group surveyed, affordability was named by far the most important factor when looking for a property to rent, with nearly half of over-45s citing the costs of renting as their biggest concern. More than half of all age groups surveyed also said they’ve been worried about not being able to pay their rent due to financial difficulties on at least one occasion.

Hope McKendrick, Lettings Manager, continued: “Stability can be one of the biggest concerns for those renting a home, from keeping up with rising rents to not knowing if you’ll be in the same home this time next year. Especially as nearly half of renters aged between 35 and 54 live with their children, the pressures can mean added stress for parents and families.”

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