Since 2002, the private rented sector has almost doubled, from 10% to 19% in 2014-15.
By contrast, the social rented sector has nearly halved, from 31% of all households in 1980, to 17% in 2014-15.
The big decrease in social housing is down to right to buy, with few houses sold being replaced. The increase in the private rental sector is also partly attributable to right to buy: a recent select committee report revealed 40% of properties bought through right to buy are now in the private rented sector.
In a population of 65 million, 26 million households are now in rented.
By 2025 59% of 25 to 39 year olds will rent.
With these statistics it’s highly likely that you will rent at some point even though we are lucky to live in an area with reasonably priced homes.
Putting your own stamp on your rental home without risking losing some of your deposit money, making the landlord angry or breaching your contract terms is easy if you know how.
Interior designers know exactly how to get that lived in home look into the houses they style and you can too.
Clever accessorising in your rooms allows your personality to shine through. Put your photos on display too as you live there after all.
Put a mirror up or against the wall including a free standing full length one for the bedroom.Check your contract to find out if you are allowed to put picture hooks in the wall first though.
Add some art and colourful cushions to finish it off.
Never underestimate the power of good lighting in your home. There are many inexpensive ranges out there which don’t have to break the bank.
Pendant style light shades that look like fittings are widely available in trendy metallics from shops like The Range, Ikea, and Argos.
Table and floor lamps add soft lighting to your rooms and can move with you too.
The carpets in your rental may not be to your taste or that new and this is where rugs are a renter's best friend.
To add colour, softness and some cosiness scatter them liberally throughout your home!
Clever storage is imperative to a comfortable tidy home and sometimes it can be lacking in rental properties. Coat hooks, shoe storage, a linen basket and toy boxes are basic essentials that every home needs.
If you have a garden as part of your rental don’t forget it’s an extra room come the warmer months. Keep the lawn trimmed so you can enjoy it at its best. Add a table and chairs to enjoy the sunshine.
Look after your rental home as though it was your own. Keep it tidy and clean to safeguard your deposit and ensure you don’t have need to contact the owner or letting agent constantly to get issues sorted.
Now the weather is starting to improve, open the windows and give your home a good airing. A decent window cleaner doesn't cost the earth and clean windows let in 40% more light!
Mildew can build up in the Winter months on the inside of frames when heating is on and there is no ventilation so wipe them down with a damp cloth and a mild detergent. This will clean the air too.
Talk to your landlord or letting agent about what you might want to do and what you can do.
Don't be afraid to ask the question of your Landlord or your letting agent and we’ll always see if we can help.
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