Spring is a great time to move as better weather and warmer, lighter months give you the best chance to enjoy your new home

For those thinking of moving to a retirement development, Girlings Retirement Rentals is offering new tenants the chance to win a Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner if they move into one of their retirement rental properties in March, April or May this year.

Most people downsizing from larger homes like to start this new chapter of their lives with new furniture and gadgets.

One lucky new tenant will also have a new state-of-the-art vacuum cleaner!

This offer is open to those aged 55 years or over who start their tenancy between 1 March 2020 and 31 May 2020.

Girlings has properties to rent all over the country from Scotland to Cornwall, in rural market towns, seaside retreats and city pads so there is plenty of choice.

Rents currently start from £525 per calendar month on an assured tenancy for a one-bedroom apartment in Bower House, a lovely development in Upton in Merseyside set in wooded surroundings and landscaped gardens.

Older people are increasingly choosing to rent when they retire. According to the Centre for Ageing Better (CfAB)[i], the number of over-60s renting privately has risen from 254,000 in 2007 to 414,000 in 2017.

And it predicts that about a third of people over 60 could be living in private rented accommodation by 2040.

The benefits of renting in later life include freeing up capital from the sale of your home, living maintenance free and the chance to live in a retirement community and make new friends.

Everyone we’ve met at Homeport House has been lovely

Most Girlings’ properties come with assured tenancies which offer the same security of tenure as home ownership.

Pauline and David Harpin

One couple enjoying renting in retirement are Pauline and David Harpin who moved back from living in Spain in December 2018 and into a retirement apartment in Homeport House in Southport, Lancashire.

Pauline says, “The apartment was available on an assured tenancy which was a big factor in the decision as it means we can stay as long as we like. We’ve been very happy since we moved in, the flat is plenty big enough for us – and as neither of us is in great health, the lift up to the first floor is very useful. There are regular coffee mornings in the communal lounge and we’ve met lots of nice people.

“Everyone we’ve met at Homeport House has been lovely and the services available in the retirement development give us great peace of mind. We find it reassuring that there’s an onsite manager  and a 24-hour emergency Careline in the apartment. Our family find it reassuring that we have these back-ups in place too.”


Most retirement developments have communal lounges and gardens, and many organise weekly social activities such as coffee mornings, bingo and film nights for residents.

An onsite manager ensures the smooth day-to-day running of the development and there is a 24-hour Emergency Careline in all apartments.

For more information on Girlings visit: www.girlings.co.uk

Homeport House

Bower House