Rise in number of middle-aged renters

January 28, 2019

The number of people aged 34-54 renting a home has risen by 15% in the last three years, according to new research.

Increased house prices have left many middle-age renters unable to afford to buy their first home, the research commissioned by Intus Lettings found, with the number of people aged 45-54 renting due to not being able to get a deposit together growing by a third since 2016.

Just under a fifth of renters over 55 believe they’ll ever be able to afford to buy a property.

For many of those questioned for the study, renting was not a choice, but a product of their circumstances. Only around one-in-five middle-aged tenants felt renting suited their lifestyle, with nearly a half of renters between 35 and 54 living with their children.

As well as affordability issues, the data noted the difficulties of securing a mortgage over a certain age, with many lenders wary of giving mortgages to people approaching retirement. Others have become ‘accidental renters’ after a relationship break-up.

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.”