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Fees Ban: deposits still over £4,000 in high-rent hotspots, despite cap

Figures calculated by Rightmove suggest that even when the Fees Ban and Deposit Caps kick in on June 1, some deposits in high-rent areas will be in excess of £4,000.

Based on a five-week deposit cap, Rightmove has calculated that the cheapest deposits outside of London will be in the North East, at £630 per property on average. 

The most expensive will be in London at £2,415 per property. 

But within London there will be large variations: the cheapest deposit will be in Rainham at £1,216 and the most expensive at Kensington on £4,065.

The portal’s commercial director and housing market analyst Miles Shipside says it remains to be seen if the ban will result in increased rents as landlords pass on higher costs.

“Tenants will still need to find a pretty hefty rental deposit in many areas” he warns. 

“What we really need now is more fresh stock for the rental market so that rents don’t continue to rise at the current rate we’re seeing, so perhaps it’s a good time for some investors to consider buying up properties to let out as the tenant demand is definitely there.”

Rightmove says a five-week deposit in different regions will be, on average:

Greater London - £2,415

South East - £1,216

East of England - £1,069

South West - £932

West Midlands - £799

East Midlands - £745

North West - £700

North East - £630

Poll: Will the deposit cap truly help renters?

PLACE YOUR VOTE BELOW

  • Paul Smithson

    What a muppet comment so a 5 week deposits to cover a property that cost say a £1m can have £50k damage and if the naughty tenant refuses to vacate-then it takes 6 months to remove because the court system is not fit for purpose so another £12k plus costs, there’s going to be a lot of homeless people without guarantors coming up! And renting to foreigners no way !

  • Emma Hamilton

    A deposit doesn't quite often cover the damage claim. That's why we can attend court as expert witnesses with our inventory and check out reports to assist the landlord to seek further compensation where needed

  • jeremy clarke

    Do journalists and politicians realise that the UK includes the area outside of London? It seems that few can be bothered to look or investigate and we end up with completely London centric legislation!

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    “What we really need now is more fresh stock for the rental market so that rents don’t continue to rise at the current rate we’re seeing, so perhaps it’s a good time for some investors to consider buying up properties to let out as the tenant demand is definitely there.” - Please tell me he's joking! With all the legislation and taxation landlords are jumping ship! There is no incentive for landlords to buy more properties anymore.

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