A recent survey conducted by property consultancy JLL has shed light on a fascinating trend within London's rental market that carries valuable insights for astute investors.
Crossrail Stations: Where Premiums Emerge
The data suggests that areas near London's Crossrail stations have witnessed the emergence of rental premiums. Notably, the most significant reductions in journey times have been closely associated with substantial increases in rental rates.
Approximately 70 per cent of areas surrounding Crossrail stations have reported annual rental growth rates exceeding 10 per cent. Over half of these areas have experienced annual rental growth rates higher than their respective regions.
The average annual rental growth rate along the Crossrail line stands at an impressive 13.3 per cent, surpassing the rates observed in the regions where the stations are situated.
Driving Factors Behind Rental Growth
JLL's comprehensive analysis unveils that average rents across London have surged by 12.5 per cent over the past year. While several factors have contributed to this upward trend, a significant shortage of available rental properties on the market takes the forefront.
Across the Crossrail line, the average annual rent increase has reached 13.3 per cent over the past year. Twyford, Woolwich, and Southall have experienced the most substantial rent spikes.
Journey Time Reductions Matter
Transport enhancements brought about by Crossrail have substantially reduced journey times, contributing to rental growth. For instance, the journey from Twyford to Bond Street has been shortened from 1 hour and 6 minutes to just 48 minutes, saving travellers a valuable 18 minutes. While Twyford stands out, neighbouring stations on the line's western end have recorded an average annual rental growth rate of 9.6 per cent (Reading to Hanwell).
Historical Connectivity Trends
Traditionally, areas to the north and west of London have boasted superior connections to central London compared to the east. JLL's findings underline the correlation between more significant rental premiums and areas along the line that have witnessed the most significant reductions in journey times.
For instance, Woolwich, once considered one of London's least connected areas, has halved travel times to Liverpool Street to just 15 minutes. Additionally, journeys from Woolwich to Whitechapel have been reduced by nearly 20 minutes, leading to an impressive annual rental growth rate of 26.2 per cent.
Proximity to Transport: A Key Tenant Preference
JLL's tenant survey reinforces the importance of proximity to public transport. An impressive 92 per cent of tenants consider it "very important" or "important." Moreover, 67 per cent are willing to pay a rental premium for properties near transport links.
Changing Demographics and Rising Demand
The average age of a London renter is 31. East London, known for its younger demographic, has witnessed a shift in recent years. Professionals have been migrating from the west to the east, seeking improved affordability. Tower Hamlets, with a median age of 30, is the youngest borough in London.
JLL's letting data reveals that over 90 per cent of renters in East London are Millennials and Gen Z. As the area continues to improve its connectivity, demand for rental properties, especially among young professionals, is poised for sustained growth.
Areas near the end of the Crossrail line may witness a surge in interest from first-time buyers. For those considering affordability and location, these slightly more distant yet easily commutable locations are becoming increasingly attractive.
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