Rental growth has accelerated over the last 12 months from an annual rate of less than 2% in July 2021 to 12.3% today. Average rent increased by £115 per month since last year, to stand at £1,051 per calendar month. Rental growth is out-pacing earnings growth in all regions and countries of the UK.
Rental growth is close to peaking at 12.3% per annum. Average rents have risen by £115 per month over the last year to £1,051
London’s rental growth, at 17.8%, is unsustainable and reflects a rebound in rents after a double-digit decline over the pandemic
Rising rents are adding to cost-of-living pressures, pushing renters to look for smaller homes – demand for 2-bed flats has increased
The shift to smaller homes is being re-enforced by rising energy costs, with the gas needed to heat a purpose-built flat 40% lower than that for a 3-bed house
The chronic undersupply of rental homes shows no sign of changing, which means that rents will continue to post above average growth rates into 2023 despite cost-of-living headwinds