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Average UK rent rises outstripped inflation by more than a third during past year, according to The DPS Rental Index

Latest data from The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) have revealed that average UK rents increased by more than a third (36.2%) than the rate of inflation during the past year.

Commenting on the news, Guy Stephenson a director of online expat mortgage brokers Offshoreonline said, “ For the expat investor in UK buy to let property, this is very positive news. Expat buy to let landlords can look forward to a growing rental  income at exactly the same time as UK mortgage rates seem to have peaked  in their current cycle.. The combination of rising UK rents and falling expat mortgage rates, allied to more properties coming onto the market is creating a sweet spot for expat buy to let housing investors.”

Average rents for Q3 2023 now stand at £1,121.46 per month, a rise of £93.79 or 9.13% compared to the same period last year, outstripping the annual September 2022-3 UK CPI inflation rate of 6.70% by more than 36%.

In terms of property types, flats have experienced the largest increase in percentage terms, up 9.65% (£99.96) over the period, now standing at £1136.20 per month. Semi-detached properties are now £1128.60 per month, up by 9.05% (£93.66), Detached up by 8.66% (£117.61) to £1475.56 per month, and terraced properties up by 7.57% (£71.30) now standing at £1013.26 per month.

Across the UK, every region has seen significant annual increases in average monthly rents, outstripping CPI in every region, with only Yorkshire seeing an annual increase close to CPI at 6.73%, Again, are we comparing the annual rent increase in Yorkshire with the monthly inflation or annual inflation figure that ends September? The largest percentage increase regionally was seen in Scotland at 13.56% (£123.45) where average rents now stand at £1033.80 per month. The second highest increase of 11.32% being seen in The East, rising £113.55 to £1116.87 per month. The largest increase in pure value terms was seen in London with average monthly rents costing £173.13 more than 12 months ago, up 13.31% to £1922.37.

A combination of demand for rental property and cost of living pressure appears to be fuelling rental growth across the board, with average rents for all property types increasing in every region over the last 12 months. The highest annual percentage increase of any property type was for Flats in the East, rising 16.88% (£149.36) to £1034.41 per month. The highest rise in pure value terms was for Detached properties in the South East, up £208.84 (12.66%) to £1,857.81 per month.

The Deposit Protection Service is authorised by the UK government to protect deposits for tenancies in England and Wales. It is the biggest provider of deposit protection in the UK and has provided the service for over 10 years.

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