A small but growing number of emigrants are offering a
surprise boost to the Midlands housing rental
market, according to Louise Kean, CPBigwood residential lettings manager.
Instead of selling their UK homes they are opting to let
She said: “It is an interesting development – we are not
talking huge numbers but it is a trend we haven’t seen before.
“In some ways it makes life easier for emigrants. They don’t
have to either delay their departure waiting for the house to sell or make a
life-changing move with all the residual worry about what is happening to the
“We manage it, find a suitable tenant, let it out and make
sure everything goes smoothly. And if things don’t work out for them in their
new country and they decide to return, then their old home is still there for
Ms Kean cited a house in Widney Manor as a good example of
what was going on.
She said: “The owner, his wife and two children moved to Australia last
year. He was offered a position in the electrical trades and it has worked out
for them very well.
“The day after they moved out we had a tenant moving in. He
signed up for a year and when he left we had someone else lined up to take over
Ms Kean described the property concerned as a character
cottage which had been renovated and extended. It comprised three bedrooms,
lounge, kitchen/diner and study.
She went on: “The emigrant couple had done all the work
themselves, it had taken them several years to get it the way they wanted, and
the house was very dear to them.
“The Solihull area is a
good location for professionals looking to rent. There is high demand there and
we are actively looking for more properties, from one bedroom flats to five
“And, between our Birmingham
city centre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Henley-in-Arden
offices we have the team in place to handle extra numbers.”
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