Of 1,300 tenants who said they moved during the six months up to January 2021, the proportion of respondents aged between 60 and 75 now living in rural areas increased by 9% (from 30% to 39%).
The proportion of tenants in the same age group living in towns decreased by 7% (from 45% to 38%) and in city centres by 4% (from 7% to 3%).
Conversely, the proportion of 18–35-year-olds saying they were now renting property in towns increased by 5% (45% to 50%), with the proportion falling 2% in rural areas from 15% to 13%, and the number of 18- to 22-year-olds living in rural areas falling the sharpest (from 13% to 6%).
Overall, 29% of respondents cited the pandemic as their reason for moving, although this proportion was highest among 18–35-year-olds (35%).
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