Flats to rent in London lead the charge in the Capital¿s rental rush

With the Build to Rent programme gathering pace and the promise of high-quality flats to rent in London now a reality, renting has become a credible alternative to home ownership. Winkworth London letting agents are ready for the rental rush.
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July 17, 2014 - PRLog -- London estate agents say there is something of a seismic shift in attitudes when it comes to habitation in the capital. Renting as a lifestyle choice, rather than being a forced state of affairs, is becoming more prevalent. Flats to rent in London are leading the charge as they offer movers a more affordable and flexible entry point into the London market.

So when did renting become so respectable? The core of the movement started about seven years ago, dovetailing with a period of economic instability. With finances precariously balanced for many, renting offered home movers, especially first-timers leaving the family home and graduates, a low-risk and affordable way of becoming independent or moving up the property ladder.

Dubbed 'generation rent' by property journalists, a swathe of people who found themselves as tenants were portrayed as 'trapped' movers priced out of home ownership due to an inclement mortgage market and rising house prices. However, tenants began to consciously choose rented accommodation and a new 'lifestyle tenant' was born.

With comparatively small deposits involved, no stamp duty or mortgage arrangement fees and tenancy agreements of 12 months or less, renting grants freedom and flexibility - a way of life that suits London's young professionals. Renting allows people to relocate for work, take sabbaticals to travel and try out new areas before deciding where to put down roots.

Far from a derogatory term, 'generation rent' is now a fluid movement of people either choosing flats to rent in London as a short term measure or on a more permanent basis. Demand for rental property is rising, report Winkworth London letting agents. One source says prospective tenants were outstripping supply, and this is especially true in the capital, where flats to rent in London are often snapped up before they are advertised online.

In response, developers who have traditional built for owner occupiers are now building developments purely for tenants under a scheme called 'Build to Rent. These house builders and newly-formed private rental developers also believe the profile of London renters is changing, with working professionals, families and long-term tenants joining the more transient stop-gap renters.

Winkworth London jujmg letting agents (http://www.winkworth.co.uk/) expect thousands of new build flats to rent in London (http://www.winkworth.co.uk/search/list?geoLocationType=to...) to flood the market within the next couple of years, prospectively bringing monthly rents down and promising a new standard of rental living. With talk of 'room rates' to meet the growing demand for professional sharers, standardised interiors of a high level and communal facilities, it's no surprise that 'generation rent' looks set to grow, evolve and even spawn.

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