UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA) warns of a tough 2023 for the Private Rented Sector
10th Jan 2023

UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA) warns of a tough 2023 for the Private Rented Sector

UKALA’s recent letting agent survey forecasts an increasingly difficult year ahead for tenants.

It reveals that 79% of member letting agents see rents rising by in 2023, 58% by up to 10% and 21% by over 10%. Only 17% forecast no change and virtually none predict rents falling.

Tenant arrears forecasts were also quite concerning, with nearly 68% of respondents seeing rent arrears increasing next year (of which 8.5% are forecasting them to more than double), mostly in Greater London and South East England, although the South West was also significant.

Tim Clark, Chairman of UKALA saw the results as concerning but not surprising: “The economic situation in the UK is, as we know, going to be difficult next year and this will clearly impact on rents, due to rising costs for landlords, and increased tenant arrears due to affordability.”

When asked about the availability of rental stock, 89% of agent respondents saw their landlords reducing portfolios in 2023 (61% slightly, and 28% significantly – by more than 10% of their housing stock). Significantly not a single agent saw their landlords increasing their portfolios and only 11% forecast no change occurring.

Tim Clark added: “The increasing burden on landlords, which has been happening for quite some time, is now starting to have a real impact on the availability of rental stock in the private sector. Our survey results show this quite starkly.”

The survey was conducted in late November and early December 2022 among all 1100 letting agent members across England, Scotland and Wales.

The UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA) is a professional association that supports letting and management agent members to be successful, stay compliant and provide a high-quality service.

The organisation represents the interests of members across the UK, works constructively with various government departments and sits on many committees and policy input bodies.

UKALA membership fees are based on the amount of client money a member business holds. It offers to improve standards through professional development and makes compliance easier by giving automatic membership to both a government-approved Client Money Protection scheme and an Independent Redress Scheme. Membership also offers a range of commercial discounted benefits as well as advice services, publications, newsletters and documents.

UKALA is member-owned and run for the benefit of members. Membership is currently over 1100.