A recent survey by Uswitch of over 2,000 tenants has identified some of the key features tenants look for in a property.
Security was the most desirable feature of a property, with 60% wanting secure doors and windows, an alarm system or a video door entry system.
A garden or private outdoor space such as a patio or balcony also ranked highly, with 46% of respondents across age groups. Proximity to a park is also vital to tenants, especially those with families.
Surprisingly, 40% of tenants are looking for a property that accepts pets. If landlords are prepared to agree to pets, the tenancy agreement should include that the property must be professionally cleaned at the end of the tenancy.
As energy costs have risen, tenants are looking for more energy-efficient properties, with a third looking for double-glazing and newer kitchen appliances with higher energy ratings.
Storage scored highly, with 40% of tenants saying it was important, especially so for long-term renters, with access to cellars or lofts a bonus.
Furnished or unfurnished
Half of renters choose unfurnished properties, with many older renters having their own furniture. However, younger renters aged 18-24 prefer furnished accommodation, according to the survey.