Research reveals it costs £63,000 in rent before you can get on to the property ladder

14 August 2019

New reseaerch has revealed that the average British adult will shell out more than £63,000 in rent before they get onto the property ladder.

Researchers found that people who have bought their first home within the last five years typically paid £625 every month in rent to their landlords. And on average, it takes renters almost eight-and-a-half years before they finally save up enough to buy their own home, spending a total of £63,225 in rent. This means they’ll have already spent the equivalent of more than a quarter of the average £228,903 property in the UK.

Tim Beale, Chief Executive Officer for leading UK homebuilder Keepmoat Homes, which commissioned the research, said: “For many people, renting is an important first step towards home independence. It offers benefits like flexibility, allowing you to test different areas and types of home, before you commit to buying somewhere.

“However, this research highlights the considerable cost of renting and therefore it isn’t surprising to see that for over half of people asked, they feel as if the dream of home ownership will never be possible.

“In reality home ownership can cost less than your rent. For example, with our average selling price of £156,000, the standard monthly mortgage repayments would make you approximately £100 a month better off than paying the typical £625 rent.”

The study of 2,000 adults who have bought their first home in the last five years, or who are still renting, found three quarters believe it is ‘impossible’ to save for a home while renting. Of those who have bought a home, they spent almost five years saving before putting down an average deposit of £24,033 on their property – more than 80 per cent of the average adult’s salary. However, four in 10 were able to lean on their parents for financial support when it came to their deposit, while a fifth relied on an inheritance. A quarter even ended up moving back in with their parents to save on rent – and another 24 per cent considered it but were able to avoid it.

For those respondents still renting, they think it will be at least another four years before they are in a position to think about buying their own home.

Researchers also found 18 per cent of renters have taken on two jobs in a bid to save for a deposit while paying out monthly to a landlord. One in four have forsaken holidays, and a third have cut back on luxuries like magazines, flowers in the home – and even their Netflix account. To help put the pennies away for their precious house deposit, 30 per cent started taking a packed lunch to work. And 18 per cent tried to do all of their shopping in the reduced section of the supermarket rather than paying full price.

Unsurprisingly, three quarters of those polled, via OnePoll, believe something needs to be done when it comes to the cost of renting to help those trying to save for their own home.

Tim Beale, Chief Executive Officer for Keepmoat Homes added: “As the UK’s leading home builder for first time buyers, with 70% of our customers falling into this category, we understand the challenge of saving for a deposit and also the options that are there to support potential home owners.

“From the Government backed Help to Buy scheme - which can help you save for a deposit; to shared ownership programmes that enable you to buy a percentage of your home, there is support available to people looking to get on to the property ladder.

“This research highlights the importance of these initiatives but also emphasises the challenge of raising awareness about them and that home ownership is not a pipe dream.”

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