Rental price growth hits 30-months low

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Annual rental price inflation for new lets was running at 6.6% in April, with the average rent having risen by £80 per month compared with a year ago, Zoopla said

Growth in rental prices has slowed to its lowest level in 30 months but competition for homes remains strong, according to a property website.

Annual rental price inflation for new lets was running at 6.6% in April, with the average rent having risen by £80 per month compared with a year ago, Zoopla said.

The 6.6% rise is the lowest rate of annual rental price inflation since October 2021 and points to a continued slowdown in the overall rate of rent inflation over the rest of 2024, its report said.

While rental demand has weakened over the past year, there are still 15 people chasing every home for rent, more than double the pre-pandemic average of six people, the report added.

London leads the slowdown with annual growth in rental prices at 3.7%, it said.

The average rent in London is £2,122, remaining significantly above the UK average of £1,226.

Zoopla forecasts that the market is on track for a slowdown in rental price growth to 5% in 2024.

This is being driven by changes in demand and affordability, instead of any expansion in supply, Zoopla added.

It added: Looking ahead, we do not believe that the imbalance between rental supply and demand will improve materially over the next 12 months.

The report added: Levels of new investment in the private rented sector remain low while demand is set to remain above-average. This means rents will continue to rise at a slowing rate.

Richard Donnell, executive director at Zoopla said: The rise in the cost of renting has slowed to a 30-month low.

He added: Rents continue to grow faster than average earnings although the gap is much narrower than a year ago. Rental demand continues to run well ahead of available supply which is keeping the upward pressure on rents but there are some areas where rental growth has stalled.

Donnell said: Growing the supply of rented homes, both private and affordable, should be among the top housing priorities for the next government.

He added: A healthy private rented sector is vital for economic growth and a more balanced housing market. More supply is the fastest route to easing the pressure on renters and improving the overall quality of rented homes.

Nathan Emerson, chief executive of property professionals’ body Propertymark said: Our member agents have told us for years of the growing disparity in the number of private rented homes on the market in comparison to the rising demand from tenants.

Adam Jennings, head of lettings at Chestertons, said: The recent rise in the number of available properties has created a slightly better environment for tenants wanting to move.

He added: We have seen a momentary slowdown of rent hikes but are expecting more tenants to start their search over the summer months.

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