Just added to the market by Yopa (01322 584 475) is a three bedroom semi detached house in the Reedswood area of Walsall. My first impression is that it is a nice sized property, but the decor would need to be changed to something more neutral for a rental property. The property has everything that is to be expected for a property of this quality. There is off-road parking to the front in the form of a blocked paved driveway. there is a garage, but would not be able to be used as such, but as storage. The front and rear gardens are low maintenance and of average sizes. All three bedrooms are double sized and the kitchen and bathroom are of modern design. Additionally, there is a dining room, conservatory and utility room. Top it all off with gas central heating and double glazing and you have a very nice rental property in a highly sought after area.
Before we begin… no, that’s not a location picture of Walsall-on-Sea!!
Within my blog about the Walsall Property Market I mostly only talk about two of the three main sectors of the local property market, the ‘private rented sector’ and the ‘owner occupier sector’. However, as I often stress when talking to my clients, one cannot forget the third sector, that being the ‘social housing sector’ (or council housing as some people call it).
In previous articles, I have spoken at length about the crisis in supply of property in Walsall (i.e. not enough property is being built), but in this article I want to talk about the other crisis – that of affordability. It is not just about the pure number of houses being built but also the balance of tenure (ownership vs rented) and therein, the affordability of housing, which needs to be considered carefully for an efficient and effectual housing market.
An efficient and effectual housing market is in everyone’s interests, including Walsall homeowners and Walsall landlords, so let me explain ..
A good looking 2 bed semi on Darlaston Road, Walsall, WS2. It has a decent sized rear garden with an overlooking sun room. It’s a pretty good spec and by the looks of the photos, doesn’t need anything doing to it, but as I always say, “that is what viewings are for”. There are two double bedrooms, a Modern style bathroom, but unfortunately there is no picture of the kitchen. There is a Veranda, which looks like it is being used as a utility room. Parking is off-road. Located on the main Darlaston Road it is not far from Walsall, Darlaston and Wednesbury town centres.
Millennials were born between the mid 1980’s and late 1990’s making them between the age of around 22 to late 30’s. They are the imaginative, artistic youngsters who grew up with the newest tech and computers and who are huge enthusiasts of music festivals, gourmet pizzas, emoji’s, selfies and old school nostalgia AKA…generation rent.
Countless Millennials have discovered that renting is a good choice for their shelter and accommodation needs without the hassle that comes from buying a home. Nonetheless, that is not the only reason they don’t buy property. When they should be concentrating on their profession, putting down roots and starting a family, Millennials are still going through the pressures and constraints on their finances of student loan liabilities whilst, at the same time, finding it hard-hitting to pay rent.
The hot topic at the moment is the cost of renting, as both our main political parties have seen mileage in wooing these Millennial Generation Renters. The average rent in Walsall is currently £618 per month making this a big-ticket item on the monthly budget. I was inquisitive to find out exactly how much Walsall Millennials will spend on rent by the time they reach their mid 30’s. The average age people leave home in the UK is 22; so looking at a Walsall 22-year-old (or Millennial) who left home in 2005 then between 2005 and today that Walsall Millennial will have shelled out £90,348 in rent.
A question posed by a local portfolio landlord of mine last week. Who would be the gainers and losers…?
Those Walsall people wanting property values to drop would be those 30 or 40 something’s, sitting on a sizeable amount of equity and hoping to trade up (because the percentage drop of your current ‘cheaper’ property will be much less than the same percentage drop of the more expensive property– and trading up is all about the difference). If you have children planning to buy their first home or you are a 20 something wanting to buy your first home – you want them to drop. Also, Walsall landlords looking to add to their portfolio will want to bag a bargain (or two) and they would love a drop!
Yet, if you have recently bought a Walsall property with a gigantic mortgage, you’ll want property values to rise. If you are retired and are preparing to downsize, you will also want Walsall property values to rise (because you will have more cash left over after the move). Also, if you, a landlord looking to sell your portfolio or a Walsall home owner, who has remortgaged to raise money for other projects (meaning you have very little equity), you will want property values to rise to enable you to put a bigger deposit down on the next purchase.
So, before I discuss my thoughts on the future, it’s important to look at the past…
Don’t know about you but I had heard so much about the new GDPR laws which came into force towards the end of May 2018 that I thought many of my Blog reading friends wouldn’t wish to hear another word on the matter!! On the contrary…I’ve received several requests to clear matters up for you guys especially, around your personal responsibility when it came to staying on the right side of the law.
If you are letting a property in Walsall or indeed the UK for that matter, GDPR for landlords certainly affects you in a few key ways. Before I address these major changes, let’s take a quick look at how we got to this point.
A brief history of UK data protection
In essence, data protection regulation has been enforced in the UK as a way to ensure that businesses and business owners do not abuse or misuse the data of their customers. The purpose is to ensure it is not just used correctly but also stored safely. In the UK, the first Data Protection Act was introduced in 1984.
It has been subsequently revised over the years and in 1993, a famous case was brought forward which saw PC Brown being prosecuted for mishandling data. Though the ruling was eventually overturned, it was a landmark case and UK businesses seemed to start taking data protection more seriously.
A two bedroom town house on Wolfsbane Drive, Tamebridge, Walsall, WS5. The asking price is £125k with Purple Bricks (0121 721 9601). The Full property details can be found here.
Located in the highly popular and very desirable Tamebridge estate, speaks volumes as to the location and therefore the potential for long term letting.