Rents start to flatten with seasonal slowdown

Rental asking prices rose consecutively for the first nine months of this year, peaking in September at £890 – equivalent to half the average household’s net earnings per month.

Against a backdrop of a booming rental market in 2011, in which asking prices reached new heights of £890, FindaProperty.com believes rents are likely to rise again in 2012 in line with seasonal trends, making December the optimum time for new tenants to secure favourable prices.

While UK rental prices fell 1.5% last month, the East Midlands’ rental market recorded the biggest average reduction of -4.8%. In contrast, properties in Wales have proved somewhat immune to the slowdown, with prices rising 1.3% in November.

Samantha Baden, property analyst at FindaProperty.com, said: "Demand for rental properties has boosted prices this year, forcing many households to spend significant proportions of their income on accommodation.

"This temporary dip in asking prices won’t last long, and it’s a great opportunity for potential tenants to agree a rate that’s favourable in comparison to the rest of the year. Over the past couple of years rental prices have picked up very quickly after the December lull, so our advice to potential buyers is to act fast to take advantage of this seasonal dip." 

Have your say on this story using the comment section below