Rental market remains 'extremely hot'

Average rental costs remained above £1,300 for the second month running, the latest figures show. According to the latest Rental Index from Goodlord, the cost of rent is up 10% year-on-year, although void periods in August softened somewhat compared to July's historic lows, but continued to remain much lower than year to date averages.

The average price of rent dipped slightly between July and August, with prices across England coming down by 1.5% to an average of £1,347 per calendar month (pcm) per property.

Despite not beating July’s Index setting record of £1,367pcm, August 2023 prices are up 10% compared to the same time last year. Average rental costs are also 15% higher than the 2023 year-to-date average.

Prices across the summer are typically driven up by an influx of student lets. This year, this has combined with historic pressures on the rental market; driving up prices to record-breaking highs.

William Reeve, CEO of Goodlord, said: “There were so many records broken in July, it’s not altogether surprising to see a slight dip in average rents and slightly longer void periods during August. However, when you look at the bigger picture, the market is clearly still running extremely hot.

“Year-on-year averages for rental costs are significantly increased, with the £1,300 per month barrier now broken for a second month in a row. September often brings with it the annual peak in prices, so it’s likely that we’ll see another month of high rents and short voids before any seasonal shift in pace kicks in.”


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