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Rental property market sees exponential rise in demand for outdoor space  

Posted: 2nd June 2020

Digital property management platform, apropos, reflects on significant increase in the number of tenants who are looking to move, all with the same objective of finding a property that has accessible space outside.

David Alexander, joint managing director of apropos states: “In recent weeks, properties with a garden or any outdoor space are like gold dust. There is no doubt that this emerging trend is a direct result of the Government’s lockdown measures and a dawning realisation that we may be not be returning to our offices anytime soon.

Working from home has, and will continue to become, the ‘new normal’. With this at the forefront of our minds, along with the glorious summer weather that we have been gifted, having access to outdoor space is now a matter of great importance when searching for a new home, and in many cases – the sole reason for moving.

Attitudes are certainly changing. Previously for tenants the upkeep of having a garden was often seen as a burden – now, there is an inevitable premium on the ever-popular south facing garden as a product of increased demand.”

Jess Parfitt, a young professional who moved with her partner from London to Edinburgh earlier this year, initially moved into a beautiful top floor flat which had no private outdoor space. The apartment was perfect for the couple at the time of their relocation. However, as a result of lockdown and their jobs requiring them to work from home, it soon became clear that they were missing the luxury of private outside space, which became even more pertinent as the summer approached.

Further evidence of this emerging trend, Jess and her partner have since found a new property that provides the couple with the outdoor space they were looking for, also in the heart of Edinburgh. They are delighted to have gained access to the private, elegant Moray Feu gardens positioned on the west side of Edinburgh’s New Town.

Apropos enables tenants to book viewings and provide feedback on the property, submit and track their full rental application online, pay their rent and book their check in date. In addition, they can report and monitor maintenance online during their tenancy. In many cases they can do all of this with no face to face contact, an increasingly important consideration during the current pandemic.

Landlords are able to track and manage their entire rental portfolio by monitoring all activity via an online dashboard that delivers complete visibility of all transactions. The dashboard is accessible 24/7 from their laptop, mobile device or desktop along with live notifications of all transactions as they happen.

Apropos, the bespoke property management solution and the essential landlord resource for delivering better tenancies can be accessed at www.apropos.app.

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