Matthew Neville

Wimbledon short-term let availability “almost non-existent” as the tennis world comes to town

As part of Bdaily’s latest feature week, The Property Market, we explore research by London rental platform, Rentd, has revealed that short let rental properties have “all but evaporated” from the Wimbledon rental market ahead of this year’s Grand Slam.

The London rental market has been enjoying a slow but steady return to form as tenants return to the city following a pandemic induced decline in demand. In fact, when it comes to rental stock availability there are now 47 per cent fewer homes available to rent across the capital when compared to a year ago.

Barking and Dagenham has seen the biggest reduction in stock, with available rental properties falling by 60 per cent year on year, along with Brent (-57 per cent) and Haringey (-56 per cent).

However, the same can’t quite be said for the London Borough of Merton, home to Wimbledon, where rental market stock has decreased by -36 per cent annually. While still a notable decline, this is the sixth smallest seen across London in the last year.

But when it comes to securing a short-term rental, tenants looking for a temporary home within arm’s reach of the All England Tennis & Croquet Club are likely to struggle.

Across Wimbledon, short-term lets currently account for just 6 per cent of all rental properties available. Short-term rental availability is at its highest In Wimbledon Park at 7 per cent, falling to 5 per cent in the “prestigious” Wimbledon Village and 6 per cent in Wimbledon Common.

With such a low level of short-term rental stock remaining, it’s no surprise that a fifth of short-let properties currently available on the market in Wimbledon Village and Wimbledon Common have already had a let agreed on them.

Rentd founder and CEO Gamal Ahmed commented: “The short-term rental market is very much about making the most of seasonal demand and there’s nowhere that benefits to a greater extent than the Wimbledon area when the tennis world comes to town.

“Properties within close proximity of the All England Tennis Club can rent for huge premiums during these two short weeks as demand is extremely high, with the vast majority being snapped up many months in advance.

“So those currently looking for convenience of a centre court adjacent property to call home are likely to struggle to find one and if they do, they can be prepared to pay through the nose to secure it.”

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