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Home rental costs still rising, says LSL

The average cost of renting a Private Rental Sector (PRS) property is now 3.4% more than it was 12 months ago, according to a new survey.

Rents Reach Record High and Continue to Rise

UK Rents Reach Record High and Continue to Rise

The cost of renting a property in England and Wales reached another new record high in October 2012, with typical PRS rents averaging £744 (GBP) a month, up 0.4% on September.

October’s increase is the seventh consecutive month of overall rent rises, with the biggest increases being in London – up 0.9% and the South East of England – up 0.7%.

However, it wasn’t all good news for landlords as five areas saw average PRS property rental prices fall, with the biggest decrease being in the East Midlands – down 1.8%.

The survey by LSL Property Services suggested that the pace of PRS rent rise’s has slowed and that the heat had come out of the rental market as the quieter season for new tenants approached.

David Newnes, LSL Director, said “A combination of improved buyer activity and a seasonal slowdown has taken some of the heat out of the rental market as it enters the traditionally quieter final months of the year. However, despite the deceleration, the fact that monthly rents rose by twice the rate seen a year ago points to the underlying strength of tenant demand for PRS property.”

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