HomeLet Rental Index

May 2017 data

  • Rents in the UK fell by 0.3% in May compared to the same month a year ago, the first such fall since December 2009; the average monthly rent now stands at £901
  • Rents in London fell by 3.0% in May compared to May 2016, the most substantial fall for 8 years
  • Rents fell in 5 out of the 12 regions in the UK

Read the latest Press Release:  UK Rents fall for the first time in eight years

Tenant market survey 2017

We recently surveyed tenants for their views on the private rented sector to better understand their experiences. The survey, conducted in January, received 20,388 responses. Tenants were asked for their views on the UK’s rental market, their experiences with their landlord/letting agent and their preferences when renting property. This included whether they plan to intend to rent in the future.

How long do you intend to continue renting?

How long intend to rent image

View the full survey results 



Landlord market survey 2017


Our recent survey of UK landlords received 3,726 responses and provides a detailed insight on landlords views and experiences of the private rented sector. Landlords were asked for their views on the UK’s rental market, their experiences with their tenants and their expectations for the year ahead. This included any plans they had to increase rents and what the reasons were for any increases.  


Do you plan on increasing the rental amount on any of your rented properties?


HomeLet Landlord Survey 2017 Rent increases


View the full survey results 


Rental figures from the May HomeLet Rental Index

The table below provides a regional breakdown of the latest average rental values in the UK.

HomeLet Rental Index - May 2017 


Average rent in May 2017

Average rent in April 2017

Average rent in May 2016

Monthly variation

Annual variation

East Midlands






North West






South West












East of England






Northern Ireland






West Midlands






Yorkshire & Humberside






South East












North East






Greater London












UK excluding Greater London








Based on new tenancies in May 2017

Based on new tenancies in April 2017

Based on new tenancies in May 2016

Comparison of average rent in May 2017 and April 2017

Comparison of average rent in May 2017 and May 2016

Regional data 

You can use our interactive graphs to view the change in rental values over the past two years for each of the reported regions of the UK. 

Scotland Northern Ireland North East North West Yorkshire & Humberside East Midlands West Midlands Wales East of England London South East South West


The HomeLet Rental Index incorporates a methodology redesigned in conjunction with a professor at the London School of Economics. The updated methodology factors in important elements, such as property type and geography, to create mix adjusted averages. This makes Britain’s most comprehensive rental market benchmark even more insightful. The new methodology has been applied retrospectively to our historical rental market data to ensure that the Rental Index can continue to be used to provide analysis of trends in the private rental sector.  

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About HomeLet Rental Index

The index and average prices are produced using HomeLet’s mix adjusted rental index methodology. This helps to track the representative rental values over time, which factor in changes in the mix of property types and locations of rented properties.

Data is gathered from our tenant referencing service, and our rental amounts are based on actual achieved rental prices with accurate tenancy start dates in a reported month, rather than advertised costs. The data used in the HomeLet Rental Index is aggregated to regional, county and city level only. This ensures that all property or individual records remain strictly anonymous.

The HomeLet Rental Index is prepared from information that we consider is collated with careful attention, but we do not make any statement as to its accuracy or completeness. We reserve the right to vary our methodology and to edit or discontinue this report. The HomeLet Rental Index may not be used for commercial purposes; we shall not be liable for any decisions made or action taken in reliance upon the published data.