The average rent in the UK reaches £1,113 pcm, up almost 1.0 per cent in the past month.
When London is excluded, the average rent in the UK is now £936 pcm, up 0.9 per cent from last month
Average rents in London have risen again to a new average of £1,846 pcm – an increase of 0.8 per cent.
Scotland saw the largest monthly variance, with rents 3.3 per cent higher in June than in the previous month.
Commenting on the latest findings, Rob Wishart of HomeLet – which conducted the market snapshot – says: “The impacts of inflation, the war in Ukraine, energy price and other cost increases, are all combining to squeeze households up and down the country. This month’s rental figures also show a rise, and it is relatively easy to surmise that all of the issues above will lead to an increased number of tenants unable to pay their rent, which is a bad thing for everyone.
“As we have mentioned many times in the Rental Index, there is a shortage of housing stock in this country, and this is a phenomenon that is only getting worse as many landlords are deciding that they would prefer to leave the market altogether. If we continue to see a decline in the number of landlords, tenants are likely to pay the price, as a shortage of supply will see an increase in demand, making further price rises inevitable.
“A recent survey from Homelet has revealed that four out of five renters (78 per cent) are worried about how they will pay their rent, and in the same survey, landlords named renters’ ability to pay rent as their number one concern. It is easy to see where the problems lie, and it is hard to see how the Renter’s Reform Bill will help address the issue.”