26 October 2017 – La Vanguardia
Residential rental prices will rise by 2% on average in Spain during the second half of the year, according to the third edition of the “Residential rental market in Spain” report, compiled by Servihabitat, which also forecasts that the trend will continue to be “positive” into the beginning of 2018, despite the fact that some provinces “have stalled”.
The platform says that greater geographical mobility, the popularity of the rental culture amongst young people and the impact of tourism are the factors that are continuing to drive up rental property prices.
In this way, according to Servihabitat’s data, almost 70% of renters in its areas of operation are aged between 26 and 35 years, a figure that increases to 90% if that range is extended to include people aged up to 40 years old.
Currently, 52.3% of homes that are rented out are found in buildings with 10 or more homes; 66.1% are between 46 m2 and 90 m2; and 56.4% were constructed more than 35 years ago.
The average time that it takes to rent a home from when it becomes available on the market has decreased from just over two months on average in Spain to 1.7 months, in just six months.
Nevertheless, in the autonomous regions of Cataluña and Madrid, it takes a maximum of 1.5 months to rent out a home. In fact, in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, the lag time can be as short as a few days.
Spain currently has 97,900 rental homes available, down by 17.5% compared to a year ago. In other words, there are currently 2.5 homes on offer for every 1,000 inhabitants or 5.3 properties for every 1,000 households.
Servihabitat believes that the progressive reduction in available homes is explained by a reduction in the average length of time it takes to rent out a home and due to “the shortage of residential stock being allocated to the rental market”.
Supply is most abundant, taking into account the population and the number of households, in provinces such as Salamanca, Alicante, Ciudad Real, Segovia, Burgos and Cantabria.
The following autonomous regions have a supply of more than 13,000 homes: Andalucía, Comunidad Valenciana, Cataluña, Cantabria, Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha.
Spain’s most expensive regions: Balearic Islands, Madrid and País Vasco
On the basis of price per square metre, the Balearic Islands, Madrid and País Vasco are the regions where the average rental price is the highest.
In general, in Spain, the average price of a home measuring between 80 m2 and 90 m2 is €620, up by 3.3% compared to 6 months ago.
The average gross return from rental homes in Spain amounts to 5.5%, a figure that is even higher in the autonomous regions of Cataluña (6.1%), Madrid and the Balearic Islands (5.8%) and the Canary Islands (5.7%).
The study also highlights that the evolution of the rental market in Spain is characterised by “a positive trend, although it displays different behaviours depending on the region analysed”.
In this way, Servihabitat considers that the proposals aimed at increasing the stock of public housing for rent will contribute to a “greater equilibrium” between the purchase and rental markets as residential options in the country.
The Director-General of Servihabitat’s real estate business, Juan Carlos Álvarez, believes that the rental market represents an “attractive prospect for the arrival of new investors dedicated to this activity in Spain”, but he considers that the trend in the future will involve “necessary regulation” to protects both landlords and tenants alike.
He also thinks that this regulation should be accompanied by “a strong commitment” to the rental market by institutions, through a “decided” institutional investment in the rental market.
Original story: La Vanguardia
Translation: Carmel Drake