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UK rental prices soar to a three year high

Posted on 2011-08-16

The cost of renting a property in the UK has reached an all-time high as people continue to struggle to get onto the property ladder, offering a much needed boost to the lettings industry, according to new research by tenant referencing provider, HomeLet.

The average rental price of a UK property increased by 2.2% in July to £767 – the highest it’s been for over three years, reveals HomeLet, the market leading tenant referencing and specialist insurance company for the lettings industry.

A reason for this increase is the dwindling amount of people who are able to purchase their own home. In 2008, 71% of houses in the UK were owner-occupied. But statistics from the latest Department for Communities and Local Government English Housing Survey show this lowered to 67% last year.

Meanwhile demand for rented properties has also boomed, with 3.4 million households now privately renting, an increase of 1 million since 2005. In addition, the HomeLet Rental Index shows there’s been an increase in the number of tenants aged between 26 and 35 who were previously living with a relative – which could be another sign of people feeling the squeeze during the recession and staying at home for longer.

John Boyle, Managing Director of HomeLet, said: “The latest figures from the Land Registry's House Price Index show an annual price decrease of 2.5% of average property value in England and Wales however, people are still struggling to purchase their own home due to tough mortgage availability.

“Although the increase in rental figures is a sign of an economic struggle by the UK population as people continue to experience difficulties in purchasing their own home, property investors and landlords could now take advantage of the increase in available properties and purchase more quality buy-to-let houses. This is therefore a very encouraging sign for the lettings industry.”

HomeLet’s Rental Index has access to the largest volume of data on agreed rental amounts in the UK and includes data gathered from over 3,000 letting agents – more than any other report on the market.

A summary of the report is available online by visiting www.homelet.co.uk/rentalindex  

For a full copy of the report please email mediaenquiries@homelet.co.uk

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