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Tenants won’t Take Property with Poor Mobile Coverage

Em Morley - December 11, 2012
Tenants won't Take Property with Poor Mobile Coverage

Tenants won’t Take Property with Poor Mobile Coverage

A reflection of modern times has been encapsulated in a new survey conducted by network testing company Rootmetrics.

The survey, which questioned in excess of 2,000 people, found that 54% would not purchase a property if it had poor mobile phone network signal. This number rose to around 64% in London.[1]

People of 16 years and over were questioned for the report, of which 46% replied that they would not even rent a property with poor mobile reception.[1]

CEO of Rootmetrics, Bill Moore, said: “While there are obviously more important considerations when it comes to weighing the pros and cons of a house move, there’s no doubt that mobile phone coverage is becoming a factor in the decision-making process.”[1]

The report comes as mobile phones continue to replace landlines in a number of homes. Findings from Ofcom suggest that calls from landlines have dropped 10% since 2011. 15% of UK residences are already mobile-only homes.[1]

Interestingly, a study from research group fast.MAP showed that 37% of UK residents would already give up their landlines in favour of becoming mobile-only.[1]

[1] http://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/news_features/Half-of-tenants-would-not-take-property-with-poor-mobile-coverage