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The top end of the luxury home rental market in London is booming with a lack of supply and concerns about next year’s general election driving the market, according to a new report. The ultra prime market where rents are £100,000 plus per annum and the super prime sector with rents of £1 million and over are currently booming, according to lettings specialist Beauchamp Estates. Its latest report in conjunction with market intelligence group Dataloft, looks at the top 5% of properties let in prime central London over the past five years in terms of rental price achieved. In order to live in luxury in one of the capital’s top 5% of lettings properties, a tenant now has to pay a minimum rent of £108,000 per annum or £9,000 per month, which is the highest entry level for this sector of the London lettings market ever recorded. In addition, there has been a 12.8% rise in the number of properties let at rental values of over £10,000 per week compared to the same period in 2013. The average weekly rent in London’s ultra prime lettings market is now £3,500 per week or £182,000 per annum, a 23% rise since 2009 when the equivalent average figure stood at £2,813 per week or £135,025 per annum. Outside of the capital, a household could purchase a property for this annual rent, since the latest Land Registry records show that the average price of a home in England and Wales is now £177,299. Over the last 12 months ultra prime rental levels have continued to rise. Across prime central London the average rent paid in the third quarter of 2014 was 6.5% higher than 12 months earlier, the highest rate of growth for more than three years. The research reveals that the super prime lettings market, properties to let for over £1million per annum, is also extremely buoyant. The findings show that the £1 million plus rentals market first emerged back in 2010. Initially, the £1 million plus super prime rentals market was confined to Mayfair and Knightsbridge, however during 2013 and 2014 the market has expanded significantly and Chelsea, South Kensington, Notting Hill, Regent’s Park, St John’s Wood and Holland Park have all seen properties let at rents equivalent to over £1 million per annum. The firm points out that the ultra prime lettings sector is highly lucrative and therefore, despite its small percentage size, in terms of rental income it is disproportionally large and is extremely important to the overall health of the capital’s lettings industry. The annual rent roll from ultra prime London rentals agreed in the first nine months of 2014 is equivalent to £102 million in annual rental income. This represents 21% of the total annual rental income of all lets agreed so far this year across prime central London. In other words, a twentieth of the deals make up a fifth of the income… Continue reading →
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