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‘The bank of mum and dad’ in 2017 to spend £2.3bn on helping the kids pay the rent

Legal & General and Cebr (Centre for Economics & Business Research) have today published a new report on the role the Bank of Mum and Dad plays in helping their children in the rental market.

29 Aug 2017

The research shows the Bank of Mum and Dad will fund £2.3 billion of rental payments in 2017, paying out on average £415 every time a rental payment is made. The Bank of Mum and Dad now helps 9% of renters across the UK with their financial commitments to their landlords on nearly 460,000 properties.

Previous Legal & General/Cebr research showing the Bank of Mum and Dad will support £6.5 billion of lending to first time buyers to get on the property ladder this year means the Bank of Mum and Dad will fund some £8.8 billion in 2017 helping children to either rent or buy a home.

Dan Batterton, Fund Manager, Build to Rent at LGIM Real Assets, said: “Legal & General has been tracking the role of The Bank of Mum and Dad for some years now – but this is the first time we’ve looked at its role in the rental market and the results are concerning. It is a real challenge for young people who are reliant on parental handouts just to make the rent. The intergenerational inequality that creates the demand for BoMaD funding continues to widen and now it’s affecting renters too. The lack of affordable housing, low wage growth relative to inflation and burdens of student debt mean that many kids can’t even rent somewhere without significant contributions from their family. Parents want to help their kids get on in life, and the Bank of Mum and Dad is a testament to their generosity, but it is also a symptom of our broken housing market.

“The UK is experiencing a supply-side crisis in the rental sector. We need more professional, affordable tenures and more choice for renters. We need to build more homes for the young, old and families alike – more quickly and cost effectively. Renters are currently facing not only expensive rental payments but moving costs, agent fees and deposits which are reducing flexibility – something that should be a benefit of renting.

“Legal & General is playing its part by building and financing thousands of new homes for rent, professionalising the experience for tenants, so that they can be assured of quality, transparency and surety of tenure. By controlling all aspects of design and service, and taking advantage of economies of scale, we can deliver better value for money and more choice for our occupiers. This includes favourable all-in costs, through significantly reduced energy costs, no letting fees, and a number of free services.”

Other key findings from Legal & General’s Bank of Mum and Dad research include:

  • The Bank of Mum and Dad will fund £2.3bn of rent payments in 2017
  • In 2017, 9% of renters will receive BoMaD financial assistance for their rental payments. 10% of renters have had BoMaD help with their security deposit
  • Some parents helped with other rental costs - moving expenses (6%) and letting agent fees (5%)
  • With 64% of renters having moved at least once in the past 5 years and home ownership levels under pressure, we can expect BoMaD to play an increasingly important role in the private rented sector
  • In 2017, BoMaD has helped pay rent due on nearly 460,000 properties

Unsurprisingly, the Bank of Mum and Dad’s payments to the rental sector are highest in London and the East of England, lending £626m and £604m in these areas respectively. BoMaD also funds £175m of rental payments in the North West and £369m in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Dan Batterton concludes: “The Build to Rent sector is only going to become more important in the UK’s housing mix. We need to be able to offer young people a good selection of affordable options for rental properties – either for the long term or as a step to buying their own home. Institutions like Legal & General can regenerate not just residential housing, but the towns and cities in which the homes are built. Infrastructure, jobs and local economic growth are all key to creating thriving communities where people want to live.”

L&G is involved in housing creation across the spectrum, backing a fast growing pipeline of over 70,000 new homes over the next five to ten years and looking to help provide the UK’s population with high quality, affordable living at all stages in their life cycle. Forming an important part of this, its Build to Rent fund is creating quality rental stock that offers a positive choice for elective renters through high service levels and flexible lease structures. Focused on key urban regeneration areas centred around transport hubs, it is targeting schemes of over 150 units, taking advantage of economies of scale to deliver better value and more choice for its residents, whilst building sustainable, vibrant communities. It currently has 1,500 build to rent homes under construction, in planning or now being occupied by residents in Walthamstow, Leeds, Bath, Bristol, and Salford.


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