The landscape of renting in the UK is undergoing a remarkable transformation, with the latest data from Hamptons revealing an extraordinary year-on-year increase of 12% in rental costs.
Remarkably, the average monthly rent recently surpassed the £1,300 milestone, marking a significant achievement just 11 months after crossing the £1,200 threshold and 37 months following the £1,000 mark.
London's Rental Surge Leads the Way
London takes the lead with the most substantial surge in rents, boasting an average 17% spike over the past 12 months, catapulting monthly rents to £2,332. This means that tenants in the capital have encountered double-digit rent hikes in an impressive 16 out of the past 18 months.
This trend was further corroborated by separate research conducted by Foxtons, which found that weekly rents in London during August surged by an impressive 11% compared to the previous year. Average rental prices have remained consistently high for the third consecutive month, demonstrating remarkable stability since June.
Gareth Atkins, Managing Director of Lettings at Foxtons, observes, "Demand rose, supply fell, and prices remained consistently high compared to July. However, the competition was notably less intense than in 2022, resulting in a lack of significant price increases."
Rental Affordability at a Decade-High
Zoopla's latest quarterly Rental Market Report underscores the growing challenge of rental affordability, with rental costs now consuming 28.4% of gross earnings, the highest level in a decade. This figure represents a notable increase from the 27.2% average observed over the last 10 years. The surge in rents for new lettings continues to outpace the growth in UK wages, contributing to this affordability conundrum.
Aneisha Beveridge, Head of Research at Hamptons, reflects on this unprecedented trend, stating, "Each passing month has ushered in a new rental market record. Rents have risen more in the last 12 months than they did between 2015 and 2019. While the current pace of rental growth is unsustainable long-term, many mortgaged landlords are being squeezed just as tightly as tenants."
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