Two-thirds of Britain is effectively off-limits to many young people who want to rent a property of their own, a new report claims.
The research by the BBC shows that young renters are feeling the financial strain, with average rents for a one-bedroom flat eating up more than 30% of their typical salary in 65% of British postcode areas.
Various housing organisations regard spending more than a third of income on rent as unaffordable.
The study suggests that affordability is most stretched in London where a salary of £51,200 is needed to “afford” to rent a one-bedroom flat.
Analysis by the BBC’s data team shows that a gross annual income of £24,800 would be needed for the average one-bedroom rental flat in England to become affordable under the 30% measure. In Scotland £20,700 is needed and in Wales the amount is £17,600.
Responding to the analysis by the BBC on the cost of renting for young people, RLA policy director, David Smith, said: “With a majority of under 35s living in rented housing, it is young people now facing the consequences of the supply crisis facing the private rental market.”
The government’s own data shows that across England there was a loss of 46,000 private rented homes in England in 2016/17 as a result of tax increases on the sector, which is placing upward pressure on rental values.
Smith added: “The demand for homes to rent is not expected to slow, whilst figures from the RLA’s research arm, PEARL, warn of a net loss of 133,000 homes for rent over the next year.
“Given the scale of the housing crisis ministers need to support the development of new homes to rent alongside all other tenures.”