London rent growth at two year low

London rent growth at two year low

New data from the latest HomeLet Rental Index reveals rent prices for new tenancies in Greater London are rising at the slowest rate for almost two years.

The January index data shows Greater London rent prices are 6.2% higher for the three months to January 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, this is the slowest rate of growth seen in Greater London since March 2014. By comparison, rent prices in other regions continue to rise steadily with the South East of England and the East Midlands seeing the highest rent price rises in the three months to January 2016, at 7.2% and 6.8% respectively.

In Greater London the average rent on new tenancies for the three months to January 2016 was £1,510 per month, while the average for the rest of the UK, excluding Greater London, was £740 per month. The Index data shows that while the rate of growth in rent prices in Greater London may have slowed, monthly rents on new tenancies are still more than twice the average for the rest of the UK.

This month’s Index shows eleven out of twelve regions in the UK seeing prices rise in the three months to January 2016, compared to the same period last year, with only the North West of England seeing prices dip by 3.4% from £646 per month to £624 per month.


Looking at the monthly data, rent prices have risen only marginally compared to the previous month. Rent prices in the UK, excluding Greater London, are 0.2% higher in the three months to January 2016 than in the three months to December 2015. In Greater London, rent prices have fallen by 0.9% in the three months to January 2016, compared to the previous month. Overall, six out of twelve UK regions have seen rent prices rise in the three months to January 2016 compared to last month, while six have seen prices fall.

Martin Totty, Barbon Insurance Group’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “It’s notable that there has been a further fall in the rate at which average rents in the Greater London area are rising. In recent years, the capital has seen much faster rates of increase than the rest of the country, but it may be that an affordability ceiling has now been reached in London and that rents will now track other parts of the UK more closely.

The fact that UK-wide average rents in the private rented sector continue to show sustained upwards growth reflects there is still strong demand for rental properties,  driven mainly by the impact of the long term structural imbalance in supply and demand of property.  Landlords achieving higher average rents over time also suggests that tenants starting a new tenancy are proving they can afford higher average rents – with demand outstripping supply, some would-be tenants may be able to outbid rivals for properties, which could drive higher rents.”

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 22 Jul 2016

"While house prices in the most expensive eleven boroughs have declined values in the cheapest eleven boroughs continue to rise" - not a nice way to even out the price range. London is overrated as it

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 21 Jul 2016

And try to profit from your decisions, I may add

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 19 Jul 2016

Retirement investment has always been one of the biggest draws of buy to let. And the buy-to-let demographic is, on balance, older. (Over a third of our applicants are over 50 at the time of application.) It...

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Forrest Wheatey
Forrest Wheatey 11 Jul 2016

I find the time perfect for ever home-owner wannabe. Prices should slowly, but steadily drop, at least for the inner buyer. Making it harder for outsiders to buy properties (the whole Brexit thing means...

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Why should Ajay even have to be looking for it. It should be public knowledge. Why is not just publish each years and to were it is and be AUDITED. Accountability.

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Surprise suprise

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jun 2016

This is great news for buyers and investors in a period of significant uncertainty. The 10-year buy-to-let fix at 3.99% in particular is excellent, a clear 100 bps ahead of the nearest competition. Though...

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Lee
Lee 30 Jun 2016

Let's see what happens to north-east property prices when Nissan announce they're leaving.

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I just read another article about eviction rising and this was exactly what was on my mind, Housing has become "cat and mouse"...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I am really not surprised. I've seen one too many impudent tenants and in my humble opinion renters have one too many privileges and options to abuse heir landlord in so many ways...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

There is still so much uncertainty and I will surely step back and see what's happening before I could make any decisions on my end.

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 20 Jun 2016

I don't understand why it's always a war between the two sides. Either, way the landlord is probably keeping a detailed inventory and will see the changes you've made. I just don't understand why there...

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