Statistics and projections produced by ONS have long shown that the UK's population is ageing. Attitudes toward retirement are also changing fast. Once the pandemic restrictions ease, the new generation of over 55s won’t want to just stop work and relax, they will want to enjoy a new lifestyle.
Downsizing is not just about moving into a smaller property. Those looking to rent in later life are often attracted to a home that is more suitable to their changing needs, less maintenance and lifestyle factors that modern apartment buildings can offer. Many new buildings will come with a gym, swimming pool, communal area and even events and experiences.
While raising children or in a career, many people feel that they need to stay in one place. As you get older, there is also more freedom to make the choices that enable you to have some adventure in life. Renting keeps your options open to move to a different location in the UK or overseas, move closer to family or friends and experience different lifestyles.
Historically, renting is associated with the millennial and younger generations. However, research shows that the average age of those choosing to rent is on the rise. As a tenant, you have more flexibility and can spend your time and finances on your lifestyle rather than on repairs and maintenance.
Money-saving - it is reported that it will cost between 1% and 4% of the value of the home every year to maintain the upkeep. The older the property, the higher these costs are likely to be.
Your wellbeing – as you get older, it becomes harder to take on all the odd jobs around the house. By renting, you can pass this directly to the landlord or maintenance company.
Free-up capital – if you are selling a property and decide to rent, this will free up capital for an investment opportunity. If you have children, then selling it will help to reduce the costs to your children when it comes to inheritance tax.
Plan for the future – a fresh start in a new home that will suit you in the future as your needs change.
Dream location – you may not be able to afford to buy in a city centre but through renting, you can experience the joys of city-centre living for however long you want.
Before you start your search, there are some considerations to take into account before viewing properties.
Non-negotiables – these are the things that the property simply must-have. For example, pet friendly, parking options, number of bedrooms or close to the city centre.
Preferences – these are the things that you would like but could live without. For example, balcony or terrace, storage or leisure facilities within the building.
The location – once you have found the area, go into detail by checking out the local transport links, signing up to local neighbourhood websites and visiting at different times of the day and evening.
One of the most exciting opportunities for older tenants is the flexibility that renting enables you.
Short tenancies that allow you to experience living in different parts of the UK. Testing co-habiting with a partner or friend with limited commitments. If you are still working, the opportunity to easily move where a new job takes you. One point of contact for all maintenance issues, giving you the time to enjoy the better things in life.
Without large, unexpected repair costs, it is easier to predict your monthly costs so can budget more easily for travel etc. Find out what you really want from a property. Do you need that extra bedroom or would you prefer a city-centre location and less space for example.
Figures from the English Housing Survey showed that almost 1.5 million people that are 65 or over are now choosing to rent. Many of these retirees are doing so by choice, rather than being forced to. Future predictions put that around a third of people aged over 60 will become renters in the future and that the days of owning your home may be in decline. Recent research from Paragon Bank has revealed that over the last ten years, the number of households in the 55-64-year-old age category in the private rented sector with an Assured Tenancy has risen by 118%.
For more information and advice on renting or buying/letting call the experts “Lets Move 01952 825987 and speak in confidence with our MD Craig Ingram”