23 Feb

Buy-to-Let Index - January 2015

Posted 23/02/2015 by: Reeds Rains

Rents 16% higher than in 2010

  • Over last five years, rents have grown by an average 3.0% per year – but just 0.6% annually after inflation
  • In the last twelve months, rents across England & Wales increase by 2.8%, to stand at £763 in January 2015
  • Official measure of rents paid across Great Britain now revised more closely in line with this data
  • Tenant finances see healthy half-decade – 6.8% of rent now in arrears, down from 11.1% in January 2010
  • Landlords see total returns of 11.7% over last 12 months, down from 11.8% as property price rises cool

Rents are now 16.3% higher than five years ago, having most recently risen by 2.8% over the last twelve months, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from Your Move and Reeds Rains.

In absolute terms, the average residential rent across England & Wales has grown by £107 since January 2010, to reach £763 as of January 2015.

This amounts to an average annual rent rise of 3.0% over the last half decade. However, this represents a real terms increase of 0.6% per annum when adjusted for inflation over the same period.

Most recently, rents have fallen on a monthly basis, down 0.6% between December 2014 and January 2015. On an annual basis, rents are 2.8% higher than was seen last January.

Adrian Gill, director of estate agent Reeds Rains, comments:“The nature and affordability of UK housing is transforming before our eyes.  In the last five years the private rented sector has successfully absorbed an unprecedented influx of tenants, while rental prices have broadly tracked inflation.

“As ever, the devil is in the detail – but as this growth accelerates, even more investment will be necessary for the industry to keep up. So we need more buy-to-let landlords to help solve the crisis in demand for homes to rent."

More details about the Buy-to-Let Index can be found here