UK rents rising quicker than in London
By |Published On: 2nd June 2016|

Home » Uncategorised » UK rents rising quicker than in London

UK rents rising quicker than in London

By |Published On: 2nd June 2016|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

Typical rents for single rooms in Britain are increasing at a faster rate than those in London, according to a new report by

The rental platform says that UK rents outside of the English capital were 5% greater in the first quarter of this year, in comparison to the same period in 2015.

Rents rising

In London, rental growth for single bedrooms was just 1.63%, according to’s 2016 Rental Index.

The largest rental increases in the first quarter of 2016 were recorded in Luton, Swindon, Reading and Bristol.

At the other end of the scale, the cheapest average rents for single rooms were in Belfast, Bradford, Dundee and Sunderland.

Increase in supply indicates that when comparing the results from Q1 of 2016 against the same period last year, supply of rental rooms has increased by 25%.

This is down to a number of additional properties coming onto the market, as investors surged to beat the stamp duty surcharge deadline.

Further analysis of the Index shows that Belfast and Harlow have the largest competition for rooms, with an average of nine people searching per listing in each of these regions.

Matt Hutchinson, director of SpareRoom, noted, ‘the first quarter of 2016 saw some respite for renters, thanks to an upturn in supply as buy-to-let investors rushed to complete ahead of the stamp duty increase.’[1]

UK rents rising quicker than in London

UK rents rising quicker than in London

Weight of demand

Hutchinson went on to say however that the rental market is still struggling under the weight of demand, particularly in London.

‘Even cities like Manchester and Birmingham, which offers some of the highest levels of supply for renters in the UK, are massively oversubscribed with six tenants competing for every room, he noted.[1]


About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

Share this article:

Related Posts


Looking for suitable
insurance for your
Check out our four
covers for landlords