Over 60s choosing to rent are facing the same rental deposit hurdle as younger generations

April 28, 2020
Press release

With high house prices coupled with the improving face of the rental sector causing many of us to rent for longer, we researched the cost of the average rental deposit and what this translates to as a percentage of monthly net income for tenants, based on both gender and age.

Looking at the essential cost to secure a rental property for the growing trend of over 60s that are opting for the rental market over home ownership, we investigated the percentage of monthly income this initial step requires and how it compares to younger generations.

With the average rental deposit currently setting tenants back £1,139, it can be a tough ask to accumulate such a large sum of money in order to secure a rental property.

For the average male, this cost equates to almost half a month’s wages (47 per cent), climbing to a staggering 69 per cent for the average female.

When it comes to age, those aged between 18-21 face the toughest task with the average tenant deposit accounting for 118 per cent of their average salary. This falls to 105 per cent for male tenants, while female tenants in this age range are looking at 138 per cent of the net monthly wage to cover a deposit.

For those aged 22-29, it does not get much easier, with a rental deposit costing 68 per cent of the average net salary. Falling marginally to 62 per cent for males but climbing to 7 per cent for females.

The latest English Housing Survey shows that over the last decade there has been a significant increase in the number of people aged 55-64 living in the rental sector. This also coincides with a fall in the number of people owning their own home in this age group.

In the famous words of Roger Murtaugh, you may think those approaching retirement would be getting “too old for this s***”, however the changing face of the rental sector proves this isn’t the case, with more and more of us opting to rent well into later life. This is due to a more tenant-friendly approach and better facilities for the more mature tenant.

However, our research shows that those aged 60 and above will on average, be required to spend the same proportion of salary to secure a rental property as those aged 22-29. This drops to 55 per cent for males in this age range but climbs to 88 per cent for females!

Those aged between 30 and 59 are slightly better off as they hit full pace career-wise, although it would still require around half of their net monthly income to stump up a rental deposit.

Our Co-Founder, Matthew Hooker, commented:

“There are many tenants who are financially able to opt for the traditional deposit path when renting and for many it is a preferable route, allowing them to pay there and then without any ongoing commitment or costs.
That said, as our research demonstrates, it can provide a tricky obstacle and while it might not be such as issue in the long-term, it poses a cash flow problem for those required to stump up as much as a month’s wages in one hit.
Of course, those in the youngest age groups tend to be on the lowest wages and as a result, have to pay out more of their monthly wage on a deposit, but more often than not they have a support network of family that can help them start out on their rental journey and contribute to some of the costs.
However, this isn’t always the case for those aged 60 and above who may be on a lower wage and don’t have the option to borrow from friends or family. Addressing this issue has been one of the driving factors behind the launch of deposit replacements such as Ome.
These deposit replacement options allow tenants the choice to pay a smaller monthly fee over the period of a tenancy. With more of us remaining in the rental sector by choice, it provides a different path to do so without having to worry about large upfront deposits.”