Monday, 16 June 2014

What has happened to the Belper rental market?






It might surprise some readers that the average rent, that tenants have had to pay for a rental property in Belper, are on average, 2.5% lower than they were in 2008. Average rents in Belper in 2008 were £603 per month but now they stand at £589 per month. That doesn’t tell the whole story though.

Interestingly, nationally and regionally, rents dropped by around 10% to 15% a year later by 2009, depending where you lived. However, the Amber Valley, Broxtowe and Erewash bucked that trend, with rents in Belper only dropping by 5% to £575 per month.  They did drop another 2% in 2010, taking the average down to £561 per month.

However, 2011, saw a slight rise, with the average going up to £571 per month and maintaining in 2012 at £570 per month. This is all still despite the squeeze on Belper wages. Demand has remained good, mainly in part to the demand of tenants from Derby, Chesterfield and Nottingham who are happy to commute. There are still plenty of tenants willing to pay for well maintained properties in great locations.

As we go into the Summer of 2014, average rents in Belper stand at £589pm. From a landlord perspective, the steady rise in rents is good news, as are steady rising property prices. Interestingly, property values in Belper have seen a rise of over 0.9% in the last 12 months.

If you are thinking of buying your first (or second) buy to let property and want to pick my brain on what (and what doesn’t) make a good investment and, as I don’t sell property, I can  look at the whole of the market and give you my honest opinion.

 Feel free to email me on lettings@sprucetree.co.uk or ring me on 01332 910499

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