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It has been a year of two halves in the lettings market in prime central London with the supply and demand pendulum swinging towards supply in the latter half of the year, according to a new report. In the first half of 2014 supply levels in the lettings market dipped with flats down by 14% and house supply down by 27%, year on year. As a result rental values in the second quarter of 2014 were 5.1% higher than they were in the same quarter of 2013, the data from agency W.A. Ellis shows. However, the second half of the year has seen supply levels increase, most noticeably in flats priced between £1,000 and £2,000 per week. The firm said this is due to a combination of factors including an increase in buy to let investors and a rise in the number of new developments coming onto the lettings market. According to Lucy Morton, director and head of agency, the one bedroom market has remained buoyant throughout the year, as is historically the case and the family house market peaked, as usual, in July thanks to families wishing to move on prior to summer holidays. ‘We have been successful in some substantial lettings in the super prime market, which has been active throughout the year, like the family home market, particularly during the spring and summer months,’ she said ‘In terms of meeting tenants rising levels of expectations presentation and decorative condition continue to be paramount across all areas of the market. We are seeing growing number of landlords making considerable investment in refurbishing their properties to gain an edge in a rental market that is growing fiercely competitive,’ she explained. The firm has now merged with JLL and as a result is now advising on the lettings potential of more and more new developments across the capital. Morton said that these new build developments are becoming increasingly sought after as the city and skyline are set to evolve over the coming years. ‘These developments offer an exciting variety of investment opportunities for both British and overseas investors. They also offer a modern and convenient way of living for prospective tenants who often register for specific schemes,’ she pointed out. An example is the Nine Elms regeneration project, which is the largest redevelopment project in London since Canary Wharf, and is the size of the entire West End. It has thousands of new homes, luxury penthouses, high end retail, hotels, entertainment centres, the American Embassy and an underground station. Morton predicts that the area will create a new hub for London over the next few years. Continue reading →
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