UK rents continue to fall, June HomeLet Rental Index reveals
According to the HomeLet new data, UK rental prices fell by 0.3% when compared to last year, the second successive month in which rents showed a decline. June’s decline mirrors the 0.3% fall seen in May; the first annual fall in rents recorded since December 2009. The average rent agreed on a new tenancy during June was £908, down from £910 in the same month of 2016.
The London rental market continues to act as the driver on average rents across the country, with a 2.6% decline in the average rent agreed on a new tenancy in the city last month. Rents in the capital have fallen on an annual basis for three months in a row, having risen more quickly than anywhere else in the country during the first half of last year; rental price inflation in London peaked at 7.1% in June 2016.
In the face of this, HomeLet’s data suggests that landlords are reluctant to charge higher rents in the current uncertain economic climate. While demand for private rental property remains high relative to supply, landlords continue to be conscious of affordability issues to tenants.
The annual variance in the UK rental values has been in decline for 12 months, since June 2016. At the time rents were up 4.5% on an annual basis, since then the rate of growth has dropped gradually each month to reach -0.3%. However, there is some evidence that the rental market is now stabilising with no change in the rate of decline between May and June.