24 Sep

New calls for longer tenancies may be ill placed

New calls for longer tenancies may be ill placed

A growing number of organisations are calling for private rental tenancies to be lengthened, with Shelter the latest to offer its two cents on the matter.

However, while the companies in the market see the benefit of this, it has been claimed by a survey that many tenants would be opposed to the move.

According to Spareroom.co.uk, the extending of standard tenancies from six months to 24 is opposed by some 82 per cent of private tenants in the UK.

It said that families back the stability that this would give, but young people, and especially those sharing a home, see the benefit that flexibility in a six month contract gives them.

Matt Hutchinson, director of SpareRoom.co.uk, said: "Extended contracts make people anxious, because they think they will be locked in for longer and the landlord will be able to increase rents at any point."

He said that the taking away of the ability to move to another area at short notice is sure to make most tenants wary.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801455406-ADNFCR

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