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Renters more likely to suffer financially

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Written by: Christina Hoghton
20/05/2016
The rental trap means tenants are half as likely to be able to meet their outgoings as homeowners.

A growing number of UK adults are unable to purchase a home, leading to them suffering poorer levels of financial wellness, according to the first Momentum UK Household Financial Wellness Index.

The index revealed that renters are suffering due to a lack of assets and an inability to plan long-term, while those with a mortgage or who own a home outright are more easily able to manage their finances.

And the results are not just down to lower incomes, as the survey found no significant difference in ‘wellness’ between private and social renters, despite private renters having higher average incomes. It claimed this indicates that private renters are being made financially ‘unwell’ by their living situation.

Day-to-day spending problems

Renters spend approximately 20% of their income on rent, with this rising to 25% for private renters, according to the Office for National Statistics, up from 10% 30 years ago.

These exorbitant costs are reflected in the index’s findings, which found that renters are half as likely as homeowners to feel that their income will cover their monthly outgoings. They are also half as likely to feel comfortable with their current standard of living.

In addition, double the number of renters have missed a minimum repayment on a credit card, loan or other debt in the last year, compared to homeowners.

No rainy day fund

Renters are also far less prepared to deal with unforeseen money worries – being half as likely to have funds put away for a rainy day and twice as likely to not be able to meet an unexpected major expense without having to borrow money.

Ferdi Van Heerden, CEO of Momentum UK, said: “The financial hardships being faced by renters are making it impossible for them to build the deposit necessary to get their foot on the property ladder. Soon we will see a situation where only those who already own or inherit property will be able to own a home.”

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