Bank of Mum and Dad boosting rental market

Parents in London and the East of England paid the most to support their children on the rental mark

Parents in London and the East of England paid the most to support their children on the rental market - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Bank of Mum and Dad is propping up the rental market in the UK, new research has confirmed.

According to Legal & General and the Centre for Economics & Business Research, some £2.3 billion will be pumped into the rental market during 2017 by parents looking to support their children in rented homes.

New research by has found the average payment made by mums and dads will be £415, with 9 per cent of tenants across the UK now reliant on some degree of parental assistance.

10 per cent of renters were found to have had help when it came to paying for a rental deposit, while 5 per cent have required assistance with moving costs or fees.

With parents also putting up £6.5 billion to help first-time buyers, it means this group is now funding £8.8 billion of payments across the property industry.

Allison Thompson, managing director at property specialist Leaders, says: “It is well known that the Bank of Mum and Dad has been helping to get young people on the property ladder for many years, but it was perhaps not as clear that parents play a similarly important role when it comes to the rental market, helping millions of tenants to afford their homes.

“Parents want to help their children and this has allowed many to rent quality properties and enjoy longer tenancies than they may otherwise have been able to.

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“However, it is also an important reminder that we need more supply in the rental sector if it is to continue to play a crucial role in housing millions of families at an affordable level. More properties are required to offset factors such as low wage growth and high personal debt and ensure parents are not increasingly called upon to fund the tenancies of their offspring.”

Not surprisingly, the biggest-spending parents were in London and the East of England, paying £626 million and £604 million respectively, while those in the north-west contributed a mere £175 million.