Independent London agency chain Dexters says it’s seen a 200 per cent jump in enquiries from this time last year, and four out of five want more space.
Those demands are typically for outside space and/or interior space which could be used for working.
In the past fortnight the 70-branch agency has concluded over 600 lettings and sales deals - a 20 per cent rise on a year ago at this time.
“COVID-19 and the lockdown is helping to transform the rankings of the key features that London househunters are looking for when they are searching for a new home. In previous years when we have reviewed buyer sentiment features such as kerb appeal, kitchen size and storage have ranked higher than items such as having a study, outside space or proximity to a park” explains Jeff Doble, Dexters chairman.
The summer is peak time for the London lettings market and post-lockdown Dexters says it’s seen large numbers of enquiries from students and corporate tenants, looking to move to over the coming months.
“Whilst there are worries about Covid-19 and travel restrictions, it seems that there is optimism that London will recover and that overseas visitors feel that the UK capital remains an exciting and essential place to live, work, play and study” says a statement from the firm.