Average UK rents hit new record high of £1,113 PCM

The average rent in the UK has reached a new record high of £1,113 PCM after rising a further 0.9% from last month, according to newly released data from HomeLet.

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Property Reporter
12th July 2022
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Average rents in London have risen again. Rents in the capital have risen to a new average of £1,846 PCM – an increase of 0.8%. When London is excluded, the average rent in the UK is now £936 PCM, also up 0.9% from last month.

Scotland saw the largest monthly variance, with rents 3.3% higher than last month.

The trends reported within the HomeLet Rental Index are from data on actual achieved rental values for just-agreed tenancies arranged in the most recent period – providing an in-depth insight into the lettings market and what’s happening right now across the UK.

Rob Wishart, Head of Business Intelligence, said: “The impacts of inflation, the war in Ukraine, energy price and other cost increases, are all combining to squeeze households up and down the country. This month’s rental figures also show a rise, and it is relatively easy to surmise that all of the issues above will lead to an increased number of tenants unable to pay their rent, which is a bad thing for everyone.

“As we have mentioned many times in the Rental Index, there is a shortage of housing stock in this country, and this is a phenomenon that is only getting worse as many landlords are deciding that they would prefer to leave the market altogether. If we continue to see a decline in the number of landlords, tenants are likely to pay the price, as a shortage of supply will see an increase in demand, making further price rises inevitable.

“A recent survey from Homelet has revealed that four out of five renters (78%) are worried about how they will pay their rent, and in the same survey, landlords named renters’ ability to pay rent as their number one concern. It is easy to see where the problems lie, and it is hard to see how the Renter’s Reform Bill will help address the issue.”

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