East and West Midlands top annual rent increases in Q1 2018
Rental growth has remained stable in the first quarter of 2018, the latest Rental Tracker from Rightmove suggests.
Excluding Greater London, the average asking rent for all tenures has risen by 0.9% annually, compared with an annual increase of 0.7% recorded in the final quarter of 2017.
This comes despite rents being down on a quarterly basis by 0.2% between Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, bringing the average asking rent per month to
The East Midlands was the strongest performing region for annual growth, with asking rents rising by 2.6%, followed by the West Midlands (1.9%), Wales (1.8%) and Yorkshire & the Humber (1.5%).
In the capital, asking rents for Q1 2018 were down 0.1% year-on-year, but had increased 0.2% from Q4 2017.
Looking back on the last decade, the data shows that the cost of renting a two-bedroom home has increased nationally – excluding London – by 16% in 10 years, and 25% in London.
“A look at the first few months of this year shows the usual seasonal trend of asking rents falling slightly compared to the last quarter of the last year, but we’re likely to see a rise again next quarter,” Rightmove’s housing market analyst Miles Shipside said.
“London asking rents remain flat compared to this time last year, a sign that we are highly unlikely to see the same big increases over the next ten years that we’ve seen in some areas in the capital over the previous ten years.”