Understanding Rental Tenancy Lengths: How Long Do Renters Stay in Their Homes?

Understanding Rental Tenancy Lengths: How Long Do Renters Stay in Their Homes?

Renting a home is a common choice for many people at various stages of life. From young adults setting out on their own to families and older individuals, the rental market caters to a diverse demographic. Understanding the trends in rental tenancy lengths can provide valuable insights for both landlords and tenants. At Heenay Joshi Property Experts, we have delved into the latest data to bring you an in-depth analysis of the average length of stay in rental homes.

Average Stay in Rental Homes

On average, renters stay 18 months in their rental homes, six months longer than the average length of the lease they sign up for, typically 12 months. This trend indicates a level of satisfaction with rental properties, leading renters to extend their stay beyond the initial lease period.

Influence of Age on Tenancy Length

Age plays a significant role in determining the length of stay in rental homes:

  • Renters in their 20s: Often more transient, these renters might move for job opportunities, education, or lifestyle changes.
  • Renters in their 40s: Generally more settled in their lives and careers, these renters stay twice as long as those in their 20s.
  • Long-term Renters: 10% of moving renters have been in their previous home for five or more years, reflecting stability and contentment with their rental properties.

Insights from Dataloft Rental Market Analytics

By utilising Dataloft Rental Market Analytics data, Heenay Joshi Property Experts has investigated the average length of stay of moving renters (renters starting new tenancies and previously living in rented accommodation). This analysis helps landlords, agents, and tenants better understand the rental market's dynamics, including preferences and behaviours.


Understanding the trends in rental tenancy lengths is valuable for both landlords looking to maintain tenant relationships and renters seeking stability in their living situation. The insights provided by Heenay Joshi Property Experts demonstrate the diversity within the rental market and the importance of considering various factors such as age and individual needs.

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Source: Dataloft Rental Market Analytics, using median to calculate average.

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