Spring into action and discover the benefits of renting in retirement

Spring is a time for change and new beginnings. For retired people thinking about moving or putting their house on the market, now might be a good time to consider renting in a friendly retirement community to enjoy all the benefits this can offer, plus have the chance to win a Robot vacuum cleaner in a spring prize draw.

Rightmove[i] reported that increasing numbers of buyers are returning to the market with 2023 starting much better than many expected. This is positive news for those keen to downsize and move into a smaller home.  Recent research from Hargreaves Lansdown[ii] shows that one quarter of people said they planned to downsize their home in retirement.

As an incentive to move this spring retirement rentals brand, My Future Living is giving one lucky resident the chance of winning a Robot vacuum cleaner plus a kitchen bundle. Robot cleaners are designed to clean floors robotically so people can sit back and relax without having to lug around a heavy vacuum.

Three other new residents will also win a super spring kitchen bundle including gadgets and cleaning products worth up to £150. All tenants that have valid tenancies that start between 1 March 2023 and 31 May 2023 will automatically be entered into the draw.

 

Dominic Stead, Property Director at My Future Living said: “Downsizing and renting in a retirement development is an increasingly popular choice. It’s an affordable way to live independently in a sociable community with similar aged neighbours. This encourages friendships with plenty of opportunities for an active social life.

“Other benefits include living in a more manageable size property, freeing people up from the upkeep and maintenance of a home, plus there is a 24-hour emergency call system in each apartment.  Most retirement properties are available on assured (lifetime) tenancies so people can stay in their home as long as they wish, provided they keep to the tenancy terms.

“People essentially have the same security of tenure as ownership. This can be the biggest pull and often changes how people view renting. Choosing to rent instead of buy also gives people capital to use in retirement, plus no stamp duty which can add to moving costs when buying in more expensive retirement locations.”

 

One retiree who hadn’t previously considered renting is Glyn Jones, who is in his 70s and lives in Ida Court, a charming retirement development for the over 60s in Woolston, close to Southampton.  The development is close to shops and amenities, buses to the city centre and a five minute walk to the train station.

He says, “I was a bit taken a back at first about how attractive the area, the development and gardens are. There are only 14 apartments at Ida Court so it looks more like a mansion block and has a really nice outlook. I am in a one bedroom apartment on the 1st floor which has a lovely alcove I can sit in and look out of the window.”

One of the benefits for Glyn, who lives alone, is the community element of living in a retirement development.  He has become good friends with his neighbour who is 93 and regularly socialises with the other residents in the communal lounge and gardens. He also gets weekly visits from an old friend and they go out visiting local places and attractions.

Glyn adds, “I’m really happy living here. I can’t believe my luck in having such a fantastic apartment. I hadn’t considered renting in retirement before moving here, but I highly recommend it, especially for those downsizing from a larger home like my neighbour did. The community is really nice and I’m hoping I will stay here for a long time.”

Dawtrey Court

My Future Living has a bright one bedroomed apartment available on the second floor in Dawtrey Court close to Southampton city centre. Southampton is popular with retirees and has been voted the second best city to retire to in the UK[iii]. The rent is £895 per month and includes maintenance and service fees.

There is also a one bedroomed apartment in Swannery Court in Weymouth, close to the local shops and railway station. Weymouth is a lively town which still retains many Georgian buildings and features, and considered to have one of the finest traditional seaside bays in the country. The rent is £895 per month and includes maintenance and service fees.

 

And in Warwick, My Future Living has a one bedroomed apartment in Montgomery Court set in beautiful gardens.The county town of Warwick is steeped in history and well known for the major tourist attraction of Warwick Castle. The rent is £875 per month and includes maintenance and service fees.

Warwick Castle, handy for residents at Montgormery Court

All developments benefit from landscaped gardens, a communal lounge to socialise in plus a 24-hour emergency alarm system in each apartment and an onsite manager on duty.

To find out more about renting a home in a retirement development in 2023 visit: www.myfutureliving.co.uk

 

For more details about the spring prize draw, including the T&C’s, click here.

 

 

[i] https://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/content/uploads/2023/02/Rightmove-HPI-20th-February-2023-Final.pdf

[ii] https://theintermediary.co.uk/2022/12/a-quarter-of-people-plan-to-downsize-home-in-retirement/

[iii] https://www.pensionbee.com/blog/2020/october/best-places-to-retire-in-the-uk

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Editor Lisa Baker is passionate about the benefits of a holistic approach to healing. Lisa is a qualified Vibrational Therapist and has qualifications in Auricular Therapy, Massage, Kinesiology, Crystal Healing, Seichem and is a Reiki Master.