Residential rental prices increased in every region of the UK in the three months to May taking the average rent to £935 a month or £738 excluding London.
The latest HomeLet rental index shows that the pace of growth in London has picked up again after a period of slower growth, with average rents agreed on new tenancies in May 2015 exceeding £1,500 per month for the first time.
With rents now 10.7% higher than the same time last year, it is only the third time that rents have risen across the country since the index began, once in October 2014 and once in December 2010.
The South East of England grew by 9.4% and Greater London 9.2%.
In Greater London, the average rent now stands at £1,472 for the three months to May 2015, however, when looking solely at new tenancies agreed in the month of May, the average rent has exceeded £1,500 for the first time in the history of the Index. The average rent on new tenancies signed during May 2015 was £1,506 per month.
‘Rental values are now increasing year on year across the country, with no exception. After a short period of London rents rising more slowly, when it seemed the rest of the UK may catch up or even exceed the capital in the speed at which rent prices were increasing, we now see the rate of price rises in London returning towards double digit growth, while the rest of the UK continues to rise steadily,’ said Martin Totty, chief executive officer of Barbon Insurance Group, the parent company of HomeLet.
‘With the whole of the UK experiencing increases in rent prices agreed on new tenancies, it is possible this is an early indicator of a post-election private rental market where both landlords and tenants might expect rent prices to keep rising as demand continues to grow,’ he added.