More Investment needed to meet demands for Retirement Housing as demand for specialist retirement homes is outstripping supply.
This is according to Peter Girling, Chairman of Girlings Retirement Rentals; a situation which will worsen unless more is done to encourage developers to invest in building retirement properties during this and future years. Girlings’ research shows that demand for properties is highest in London, followed by coastal towns such as Bournemouth, Eastbourne, Poole and Brighton.
Peter Girling said: “We have thousands of new enquiries each year from people attracted by the affordability of renting and the availability of assured (lifetime) tenancies; however, there are simply not enough retirement properties to meet this demand, particularly in popular locations like London.”
Girlings supports the ‘Campaign for Housing in Later Life’, launched last year by the Home Builders Federation’s, (HBF). As part of the campaign, think tank Demos published a report “Top of the Ladder,” which highlighted this issue. The report showed that 3.5 million people over 60 in the UK are interested in retirement housing, but there are only 506,000 units – 106,000 for home ownership and 400,000 available for rent in Britain. Just 1% of the population lives in retirement housing.
The campaign calls for commitment from local councils to respond to demographic changes and recognise the needs of older people when deciding future housing policy. It seeks to raise the profile of the benefits people can gain by living in appropriate retirement accommodation in later life, including having a better standard of living and a friendly community which can help combat loneliness.
Peter Girling says, “More needs to be done by Government this year to help to rectify this problem and make building retirement properties attractive for developers and local councils.”
David Hughes (67 years) recently moved into a Girlings property having decided to rent after being priced out of the property market in Bromley. Renting a retirement property proved an attractive and viable financial option for him as his monthly rent covers the property maintenance there are no additional service charges to pay. He commented:
“Thanks to Girlings, I have stayed in my home town where I couldn’t afford to buy and I have peace of mind I can remain here for a long time. I have the best of all worlds, I am close to family and friends and I don’t have all the stress that comes with owning a property.”
To find out more call free phone 0800 525 184 or alternatively visit the website www.girlings.co.uk
About Girlings Retirement Rentals
– Girlings Retirement Rentals is a privately owned, family company which deals exclusively with renting private retirement property to the 55+ market throughout the UK
– Girlings has over 2,500 properties in 500 developments across the UK
– Girlings lets the majority of its units on life long (assured) tenancy agreements, which allow tenants to stay in properties for as long as they wish, providing security of tenure.
– Service charges and maintenance costs are included in the monthly payments.
– Girlings properties are predominantly one bedroom apartments. Two bedroom apartments, studios, and a small number of bungalows and cottages are also available, all within purpose built retirement developments.
– Girlings has built up a wealth of knowledge of the retirement market over the past twenty years and has a qualified, experienced team on hand, both in the office and out in the field who can pass on help and advice to potential tenants.
– Girlings is a member of the Association of Retirement Housing Managers (ARHM), the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA), with many of its staff already qualified to industry standard and a licensed member of the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS). For more information visit www.girlings.co.uk