Britons resigned to long-term renting

Millions of Britons are resigning themselves to the possibility of never owning their own home – comfortable with the prospect of long-term renting, according to

Despite rental prices reaching an average £890 per month at the end of last year – the highest level ever recorded by, one in four (26%) renters say the prospect of renting in the long term isn’t a problem for them and 38% don’t feel that owning a property in the future is critical. 

Only half (54%) of those surveyed said that purchasing their own home was ‘very important’ to them.

Renting is still a necessity for more than half of all respondents: 61% say they do so because they cannot afford to buy a home at all. But a significant number say they choose to rent for lifestyle reasons. 

One in five (19%) renters say they decided against buying a home because they could not afford to live in their desired area. Similarly, 6% have been put off buying because the type of house they could afford would be too small for their needs. 

For many people the decision to rent is less about finances and more about convenience, with one in 10 (11%) saying they choose to rent because of the flexibility it offers.

Samantha Baden, property analyst at commented: 

“A rented home doesn’t carry the same stigma as it used to. For many people, the decision to rent is based on the flexibility and convenience renting offers, and not necessarily because they can’t afford to buy.”

“There’s no denying that home-ownership is still a top priority for many people, and for those looking to buy, now could be a good time as mortgage rates and asking prices have both come down in recent years. However, there are still millions of people who don’t consider getting a foot on the property ladder as their ultimate aim. In these cases, renting a home can be the best choice for some people and allow them to live the lifestyle they want at a particular time of their lives.”

More than half of those currently renting predict that if they do buy a home, this won’t happen until they are over 40-years-old and around 11% say they are w