Rents in London fell for the first time since 2009 during April, new data from HomeLet reveals, as rental price inflation across the UK as a whole dropped to its lowest level for seven years. Rents in the capital were 1.2% lower in April than in the same month of last year, the April HomeLet Rental Index reveals, the first time that prices have fallen on an annualised basis since December 2009.

The slowdown in the capital, along with falls in the wider South-East England region, pushed rental price inflation down across the country. Rents on new tenancies signed across the UK during April were just 0.4% higher than in the same month of 2016 – the lowest figure recorded since February 2010.

April’s rental price inflation means that tenants signing up to a new tenancy last month agreed to pay an average rent of £904 a month, or £754 stripping out the Greater London market. In London itself, the average rent now stands at £1,519.

This reveals that the areas of the country were rents are rising more quickly are those that saw much less rapid rental price inflation during the first half of 2016, when prices in regions such as London, the South-East and East Anglia spiked sharply. In Wales, for example, rents were 2.2% higher in April compared to the same month of last year.

Commenting on the research, HomeLet’s Chief Executive Officer, Martin Totty said: “Rents have been rising at a much more modest pace across the whole of the UK in recent months, with lower levels of rental price inflation and even falling rents seen in areas of the country where prices were previously rising most quickly. This trend is ongoing: we continue to see landlords’ and letting agents weighing tenant affordability considerations very seriously.”


Rental figures from the April 2017 HomeLet Rental Index

Average rent in April 2017
Average rent in March 2017
Average rent in April 2016
Monthly variation
Annual variation
£610 £616 £597 -0.9% 2.3%
North East
£525 £522 £514 0.6% 2.2%
£632 £610 £618 3.6% 2.2%
Northern Ireland
£614 £614 £602 0.1% 2.0%
South West
£802 £798 £787 0.5% 1.8%
East Midlands
£604 £602 £598 0.3% 1.0%
North West
£677 £675 £671 0.4% 0.9%
Yorkshire & Humberside
£619 £619 £614 -0.1% 0.8%
East of England
£904 £902 £898 0.2% 0.7%
West Midlands
£661 £663 £658 -0.3% 0.4%
South East
£1,003 £997 £1,007 0.6% -0.4%
Greater London
£1,519 £1,546 £1,537 -1.7% -1.2%
£904 £904 £900 -0.1% 0.4%
UK excluding Greater London
£754 £751 £748 0.4% 0.8%
Based on new tenancies in April 2017 Based on new tenancies in March 2017 Based on new tenancies in April 2016 Comparison of average rent in April 2017 and March 2017 Comparison of average rent in April 2017 and April 2016