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Garage Space Tops the Tenant Wish List for 2021

A study has revealed that 21% of tenants would like to rent a home with a garage, making it a top priority for renters this year.

Faye deGavre

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Mar 29, 2021

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2 min read

Garage Space Tops the Tenant Wish List for 2021

The latest research from the Benham and Reeves Estate Agents has revealed that when it comes to the most sought-after rental property features, garages and gardens are top of the list.

New priorities

It’s safe to say that 2020 was a year of change. With more time spent at home, we saw the rise of pub gardens in garden sheds, gyms being squeezed into spare bedrooms, and makeshift home offices. At home, our needs and priorities began to shift. 

And that’s not just for homeowners. Renters, too, have changed their priorities to fit the times. Now, gardens, balconies and high-speed broadband are deal-breakers for those looking for places to live.

In search of space

It was recently revealed that 21% of tenants in major UK cities would like to find a rental home with a garage, making it one of the most sought-after property features. 

The demand for space has skyrocketed for both renters and homeowners. The second-highest ranking item was a garden, with 18% of tenants saying this was top of their wish list, followed closely by the desire for a balcony, coming in at 16%. The humble garage offers safety for vehicles away from busy streets and gives renters the option to turn the space into a home gym. 

Home gym equipment sales have spiked by a massive 5813% since early 2020, according to research by price comparison site Idealo. With gyms closed, people turned to online classes and provisional equipment to get their endorphin fix. 

For many, finding fitness equipment stockists has been difficult, as well as finding room in their homes to workout. Many have turned their garages into homemade gyms to accommodate squat racks, exercise bikes and cross trainers. 

Garage gym flooring is another popular trend, with many laying down rubber matting to protect flooring, improve stability and decrease the noise impact.

For others, a garage is a space to carry on with the hobbies that they acquired during the pandemic, giving them space to be creative.

A concierge, pet-friendly rentals, and furnished homes also made their way onto the tenant wish list.

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Faye deGavre

Content Writer