Having a supermarket nearby is the most wanted amenity, whilst a high crime rate is the biggest deterrent
A new survey has revealed which nearby amenities tenants desire the most when looking for a rental property.
Over half (50.9%) of respondents to the survey by HomeLet stated that having a supermarket nearby was their most wanted amenity, with a further 46.4% prioritising parks and green spaces and 44% wanting public transport links near to their chosen home.
Completing the top 5 amenities were shops opening late at night, and bars and pubs, desired by 29.3% and 22% of the survey’s respondents respectively.
In addition, the results revealed that tenants admitted they would pay more in rent each month to live nearer to those amenities, with over a quarter (27.7%) stating this to be closer to parks and green spaces.
By comparison, 70.5% of tenants said they would be deterred from renting a property if the area had a high crime rate, whilst 64.2% would be put off by loud neighbours and 58.9% by living near sewage works.
Tenants were also likely to avoid or move out of a property if it was under a flight path (45.8%) or near a prison (42.7%).
However, the survey also found what compromises tenants were willing to make in order to save on rent. Over a third (41.1%) would live in flat or apartment number 13, whilst 40.8% would live near a graveyard and 27.8% near a motorway if it reduced their monthly payments.
Commenting on the findings, HomeLet’s Group Data Manager Rob Wishart said:
“Everyone has their own needs and personal tastes when it comes to choosing where to live. Whether it’s having green open space or being in the hustle and bustle of a city centre, choosing where we call home can be a huge decision.”