Harlow – What Tenants Want Right Now

November 18th 2020
By: Intercounty
Harlow – What Tenants Want Right Now

It shouldn’t come as a shock to learn tenants have re-evaluated what is important for them in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been a considerable level of focus on what buyers are looking for in the post-lockdown property market, but the media hasn’t given the same level of focus to prospective tenants.

Of course, tenants are just as selective and needy when it comes to finding their next rental accommodation. At Intercounty, we have welcomed many prospective tenants in recent weeks, and we know what people are looking for right now. We also stay in touch with what is happening nationally.

If you want to know what tenants want right now, we are here to assist you make an informed decision.

Gardens matter for tenants

It shouldn’t be a surprise to learn garden space is crucial for tenants right now. Gardens have long been a highly desirable feature in the property and rental market, but now, many people view them as essential.

The heightened level of demand for gardens in rental property has been cited by the Movebubble property rental app. They have studied their data of the searches made by prospective tenants, and garden space is crucial. The company behind the app states searches for gardens have increased by 193% since lockdown.

Rightmove have carried out a similar analysis on their platform.

The property portal has surveyed users and found that 49% of prospective tenants admit they have changed what is important for them when looking for a new home. Outdoor space is now the leading priority for these tenants.

Rightmove analysis suggest there are changes in what tenants want

The Rightmove analysis also found that searches for garden space has increased by 84% compared to the year-on-year analysis. This further suggests there is a significantly higher level of demand for outdoor space in rental property.

Rightmove also announced that studio flats were the most sought-after rental property pre-lockdown, but this is no longer the case. People want more space, and the thought of another lockdown in a limited property is concerning for many people.

Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside offered advice for landlords looking to let property, saying; “The key is to have the garden looking its very best for pictures and viewings. A quick lick of paint to a garden fence or shed helps, and it sounds simple but mowing the lawn and putting out a few garden chairs can give would-be buyers the chance to picture their new lifestyle.”

As we move away from summer, presenting a garden space in the best light becomes harder, but it is far from impossible. Any landlord looking to impress tenants and drive more traffic to their listing should focus on making the external space of their rental accommodation as appealing as possible.

For property enquiries in Harlow, please feel free to call us on 01279 639666 or why not email us at With considerable experience in the local market, and free valuation services, we look forward to helping you move