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Forget double glazing, off-street parking and an en-suite bathroom: tenants are demanding gardens to grow-their-own, claims an estate agent.

Letting agent Belvoir says that compost bins, water butts and veg gardens are high on wish lists of people looking to rent a property.

Tenants want space to grow veg

Until now, it has mainly been homeowners who have embraced The Good Life by setting up kitchen gardens in back yards.

“However, the recession has forced many on to the rental market and, when combined with a growing number of young tenants who have been brought up green, this group is looking increasingly influential,” said Belvoir’s managing director Dorian Gonsalves.

A “real plus” that landlords should provide, according to Belvoir, is a vegetable garden.

Another attraction that’s claimed to make a property easier to let is a compost heap. It should ideally be within an easy walk of the kitchen.

Dorian added: “Green modifications are major selling points and must be communicated at letting time. They will not only help the green lifestyles of tenants, but will also show you are a caring and thoughtful landlord.

“We predict a growing demand for green facilities at properties in the coming years,” he added.