According to the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Residential Market Survey, tenant demand is the highest it has been since the end of 2016.
However, landlord instructions have fallen once again following a continuous decline since July 2016. A number of estate agents have noted landlords disposing of their properties owing to punitive regulations, with little new investment bringing fresh stock to the market.
The increase in demand and decrease in supply has created a rental imbalance in the residential market, suggesting rising pressure for rental value growth.
In July a headline net balance of 25% was reported, the most elevated reading in three years