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Rent rise at seven-year high according to official figures

Rents in the private sector of England and Wales increased by 5.1 per cent in the year to June — the largest increase since official records began seven years ago.

The announcement by the Office for National Statistics showed that in London specifically, rents rose 5.3 per cent - the highest since September 2012. 

On the sales side, house prices recorded by the Land Registry increased just 1.9 per cent in the year to May to an average of £286,000, slower than the 3.2 per cent gain recorded in April.


“UK annual house price inflation slowed again in May for the seventh consecutive month” says Aimee North, ONS head of housing market indices. House prices are now £7,000 below the recent peak in September 2022. 

Despite the turbulence of the past few years, the housing market has remained resilient but now analysts fear a squeeze on affordability. 

“Given these figures only account for the 12 months to May 2023, they do not yet reflect the impact of the rapid spike in mortgage rates seen in recent weeks. Average two-year fixed rate mortgages are now well above 6.0 per cent, and people’s ability to afford their growing mortgage payments will be called into question, and prospective first time buyers may be put off by the prospect of committing to such high monthly rates” explains Karen Noye, mortgage expert at Quilter.

“In the coming months, we could see those people who have overstretched themselves looking to sell their properties at a time when demand is heavily reduced. However, the recent Mortgage Charter will give homeowners a bit of breathing space and should limit the number of distressed homeowners being forced to sell their properties, so we are unlikely to see a flood of such sales.

“The past few weeks have been a particularly challenging time for the mortgage market, and we are thankfully now starting to see some semblance of normality resume as lenders stop the rapid readjustment of their rates. This week’s lower than expected inflation figure will offer some relief to the Bank of England and interest rates are now forecast to rise less sharply as a result, but given inflation is still well above the 2.0 per cent target it is unlikely that the BoE can take its foot completely off the pedal. 

“If the BoE opts to push rates higher once again, this could cause significant damage to property prices as affordability is further squeezed.”

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  • George Dawes

    Make your mind up , one minute foxtons are saying it's an all time high now it's dipped

    More scaremongering codswallop...

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    If rents have only increased by 5.1% isn't that actually a real terms drop as wages rises and general inflation have been somewhat higher?

    Even most Social rents rose by 7% this year. Normally they would rise in line with inflation but this year rises were capped.

    Mortgage payments are increasing massively as fixes end. Far more than most rent increases will be. Especially for people who used the Help to Buy scheme and bought houses that were way more expensive than they would normally have bought.

    The real differences between rents and mortgages are time scale and penalties. Rents can only increase at tenancy change or annually. If a tenant wants to move it's usually just a few weeks notice and they're free to leave. If they think a rent increase is excessive they can go to a Tribunal and get a decision. That does risk the increase being bigger if that's what the Tribunal decides.
    Mortgages are normally fixed for 2 or 5 years. Wanting to make a big overpayment or sell and clear the mortgage before the end of the term usually involves paying a big early redemption penalty.

    On balance it's probably fair to say tenants are in a far better position than a great many homeowners right now. Below inflation rent increases, access to Discretionary Housing Payments, a Tribunal system to adjudicate if desired, freedom to move quickly, no unexpected repair bills to budget for.

    Shame the government are doing everything they can to destroy the PRS.


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