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London rents on newly let homes (i.e. homes advertised on the open market to let) fell for the third consecutive month, down -0.8% year-on-year, despite 21% fewer homes available to rent than last year. Whilst in contrast, rents on newly let homes in Great Britain excluding London, rose 2.0% year-on-year, including growth of 1.7% growth in Northern regions.

Whilst rents on properties where tenants renewed their rental agreement in London are more robust which increased by  3.2% year-on-year, the North is also showing strong propsects with a growth in rental value of renewed tenancies reaching 2.3% against a national average of 2.8%.

Commenting Aneisha Beveridge, Analyst at Hamptons International, said:

“Despite low stock levels, rents on newly let properties (i.e. homes advertised on the open market to let) fell in London for the third consecutive month.  Moving is costly for both tenant and landlord.  In a period of uncertainty, where tenants’ incomes and landlords’ yields are squeezed, more tenancies are being renewed.

“With affordability stretched and less choice available on the open-market, more tenants are choosing to stay put.  And with landlord yields under pressure from high property prices and tax changes, fewer landlords want to run the risk of looking for a new tenant and suffering void periods.

“But rents outside London continue to rise.  Wales and the Midlands have driven rental growth outside the capital to increase 2.0% year-on-year, the strongest growth in nine months.”

New Lets rental growth slows in London

Rental growth on newly let homes (i.e. homes advertised on the open market to let) picked up to 1.0% across Great Britain, in comparison to 1.7% year-on-year rise in the Northern regions.  (see Chart 1).

Chart 1:

However, London rents on newly let homes fell for the third consecutive month, down -0.8% year-on-year.  The capital remains the only region across the UK where rents are falling whilst the North is one of the top four regions in terms of rental growth on newly let homes. Across Great Britain, rents on new lets excluding London, rose to 2.0% in August, the strongest growth in nine months (see Table 1)….

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