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Up and Up - rents reach new record high says top agency

Rental growth accelerated in May to reach a new record high according to Connells-owned lettings agency Hamptons.  

Last month the average cost of a newly let rental home in Britain rose to £1,054 per calendar month, up 7.1 per cent on the same time last year.  

This marked the fastest rate of growth since the agency’s records began in 2013, surpassing the previous peak of 7.0 per cent in December 2014.


The average rental home now costs £43 or 4.1 per cent more than it did in May 2019 - in May 2020, the market was effectively closed because of lockdown.

Four out of the eight regions recorded record rental growth last month – the South East, South West, Midlands and Scotland. 

Rents in the South East and South West hit double digits for the second consecutive month, rising 13.0 and 11.5 per cent respectively.  

Meanwhile London continued to be the only region where rents fell - they are down 0.5 per cent year-on-year. 

Rents rose faster on larger properties.  

In May the average rent on a four-bed property in Britain increased to £1,805 pcm, up 9.5 per cent. Meanwhile rents on one-bedroom homes remained flat at 0.4 per cent.

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  • George Dawes

    I can confirm.

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    Quelle surprise. S24, licensing out of control, tenant fee ban, red tape, red tape and more red tape. Sure as night follows day, this was inevitable. Trouble is that our policy makers aren't that bright

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    Just had a small terraced house come empty in Norwich, last tenant 6 yrs paying £600 per month, new rent £725.


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