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Renters living alone explain tight rental market

The recent surge in rental growth to a record high has been widely reported, but the usual explanations are unsatisfactory. Population indicators don’t suggest a sudden rise in demand, and there is little evidence of landlords selling up. Instead, we think that renters choosing to live alone rather than in house shares has led to a big drop in effective supply compared to before the pandemic.

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