Foreclosures Driving Rental Boom

Foreclosed home owners are contributing to a boom in the rental market. Nearly half of property managers recently surveyed — or 47 percent — say they’re seeing an increase in applicants moving to rental units from foreclosed properties.

But foreclosed home owners may not find big deals in the rental market. As vacancies shrink, many property managers say they have increased prices on their rental units in the last year, according to a new survey of 1,252 property managers across the country by TransUnion, which provides rental screening solutions to both large property management companies and independent landlords.

“The majority of respondents said that they are not having problems finding residents even with the increases,” says Mike Mauseth, vice president in TransUnion’s rental screening business unit.

Rentals are in high demand: Nearly 90 percent of survey respondents report having a 10 percent or less vacancy rate.

Despite the boom in the rental market, property managers say that “finding reliable tenants at an optimal price point is paramount for this industry,” Mauseth says. “A reliable tenant ensures property managers are both solvent and profitable. Conversely, an unreliable tenant can cost property managers thousands of dollars in lost rent and property damages.”

Source: “TransUnion National Rental Survey Finds Large Property Managers Able to Raise Rates and Attract Reliable Tenants,” TransUnion (June 24, 2011)