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Should I rent or Should I sell?

May 12, 2016

London has become known for Generation Rent and by 2025, over 60% of Londoners being classed as ‘renters’. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, it’s directed toward many of London’s workers who simply cannot afford to buy their own property, but instead, pay more than a mortgage into someone else’s pocket. Sounds crazy right? It is, but it’s happening in thousands of homes on thousands of streets all over London, and the UK.

So, if you own a property, it will be a natural question to toy with… Should I sell my property, or should I rent?

Here’s some Pro’s & Con’s to think about;

Selling your Property

Renting your Property

To talk about it in a bit more depth – we can see Pro’s for renting are financially related – whereas the pros for selling your home may have more emotional factors. Although it is beneficial to release equity in your property when selling, it is equally as beneficial to gain equity by holding on to the property as inflation increases. This, naturally is a gamblers game, what happens if the property market busts? Answer: Panic!

Selling your home is equally as stressful as renting it out – although may be more intense for a shorter period of time. Renting your property out and managing it yourself means that you are on call, 24/7 and called upon for sizeable repairs such as leaks & boilers!

Although not an exhaustive list, these key points to consider when weighing up renting your home out or to sell it, and may help you when you begin your search for information.

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  • Elaine Livingstone May 15, 2016 at 5:57 am

    I disagree that damages are a natural part of renting, I have private rented for 22 years now and have never damaged a property and have often left it in better decor with a much tidier garden than I got it with.
    Not everybody can get on the property ladder and one of the downsides to wanting to buy is that fact so many people hold onto their second homes to rent out thereby inflating house prices by house shortages in prime locations for those that do want to buy.

    • Boo May 15, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      I think general wear and tear is to be expected, some tenants are fabulous and will decorate and even recarpet etc to their taste leaving the property in a good state of repair, whilst sadly others leave them in a completely different state.

      Getting on the property market is so difficult and it isn’t helped by people holding on to first-time buyers properties to rent out.

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