Rent rises accelerate in February

Annual rent rises across England and Wales have accelerated, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services plc.

As of February, the average rent across England and Wales is now 1.6% higher than twelve months ago, currently standing at £743 per month.This is the fastest annual increase since November 2013, and compares with a year-on-year rise of 1.4% in January this year.

On a monthly basis, rents increased by 0.1% (or approximately £1) between January and February. This represents the first month-on-month increase in residential rents since October 2013.

David Newnes, director of LSL Property Services, owners of estate agents Reeds Rains and Your Move, comments:

“Property to rent remains in high demand. Despite great improvements in the prospects ofmany first-time buyers, there are still millions of households who rely on a healthy private rented sector for their homes.

“February’s annual increase remains below the rate of wider inflation. However, this latest uptick and the high level of demand in the lettings market emphasise the importance of ongoing investment. Landlords have invested heavily in expanding their portfolios and need to continue to do so to keep pace with demand from tenants.”

Have your say on this story using the comment section below