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Tenants spend a record share of income on rent as cost passes £1,200 – Hamptons

  • 14/11/2022
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Tenants spend a record share of income on rent as cost passes £1,200 – Hamptons
The average rent on a newly let home in the UK increased to £1,204 a month in October with the typical tenant paying an extra £960 a year, according to data.


At almost 20 per cent, there’s been more rental growth since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic than in the eight years prior, analysis by estate agency Hamptons found.

This equates to an additional £2,351 a year in rent.

The average privately rented household in Britain now spends 44 per cent of their post-tax income on rent, up from 41.6 per cent in October 2020 and 39.2 per cent 10 years ago.

Rents in five regions have nudged into the next £100 price band this year, with costs in Greater London passing £2,100 for the first time in October.

In the capital, the average rent takes up 62 per cent of the average renting household’s post-tax income.

The pressure on renters has stabilised in recent months with growth falling from 11.5 per cent annually in May to 7.1 per cent in October.

It comes as supply increased for the second month with 15 per cent more home available in October than at the same point last year.

However, there are still 47 per cent fewer homes available than two years ago.

Aneisha Beveridge, head of research at Hamptons, said: “Strong rental growth has pushed average rents into another £100 price bracket for the third time in just over two years.

“However, the good news for tenants is that rental growth has slowed from its summer double-digit peak and looks likely to settle around the five to six per cent mark by the end of the year.

“This will be welcome news for many households who are seeing other costs spiral as inflation peaks.  And it also means that, unlike at the beginning of the year, rents are more closely tracking income growth which should soften the cost of living squeeze for tenants.

“While the risks are mounting for future house price growth, these same risks are likely to bolster rental growth in the short-term.

“High mortgage rates will keep more would-be buyers in the rental market for longer, which is partly why demand is up five per cent on last year’s record levels.”

She added: “Landlords’ costs are also rising, which they’ll likely seek to pass onto tenants in the form of higher rents or sell up if they are unable to cover costs.

“This is why we think rents are still likely to rise five per cent in 2023.”

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