Two-thirds of tenants “paid for home improvements” on rented property

Two-thirds of tenants “paid for home improvements” on rented property

Almost two thirds (63%) of people renting a home in the UK claim they have splashed out on improving where they live, despite the fact that they don’t own it, according to new research carried out for Ocean Finance.

Ocean’s research shows that, of tenants that have spent money on improving their home, the average spend is £641.06.  Almost one in five (19%) say that they spent between £751 and £2,000 on home improvements, and a further 11% admit to spending over £2,000 doing up the home they rent.

Amongst those that have done home improvements, over half of tenants say that they painted and decorated (58%). Other popular jobs include putting in new carpet or flooring (16%) and installing new curtains and blinds (10%). 5% of people say they’ve invested in improving the garden of the place they rent.

Other tenants say they’ve paid for jobs including updating the bathroom or kitchen, insulating or double glazing and improving home security.

Older tenants are more likely to spend money on the home they rent: three quarters (76%) of tenants over 45 say they’ve done so, and 80% of tenants over 55.

Ian Williams, spokesman for Ocean, said: “One of the benefits of renting is supposed to be that landlords are responsible for the upkeep of the property. Despite this, the majority of tenants are shelling out – in many cases quite large amounts – on improving the home that they rent.  It is clear that too many landlords aren’t providing properties that tenants feel are acceptable and that landlords are likely to be benefiting from the improvements their tenants are doing.”