Rents on the rise across the North East

A new economic index created by academics and based on a database of millions of properties has shown that average rent in the North East increased £4.05 or 0.76 per cent over the last year.

Wednesday, 15th November 2017, 10:11 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 11:45 am
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The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) is based on the UK’s largest deposit protection provider’s database of rent levels across the UK over the last 10 years, and its figures show that between the third quarters of 2016 and 2017, average rent in the North East increased to £537.79.

Nationally, average UK rent increased by £11.55 or 1.51 per cent between the third quarters of 2016/17.

Julian Foster, managing director at The DPS, said: “Figures suggest that the rental market has slowed in the North East since the third quarter of 2016, and letting agents, landlords and tenants will be keen to see whether this trend continues over the next year.

“This post-Brexit vote increase is the smallest witnessed since 2009 and comes after three years of particularly high growth, suggesting the influence of other macroeconomic factors such as housing, employment and inflation.”

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According to The DPS, over the last decade, average rent in the North East has increased by £56.54.

The Index was developed by Professor of Global Economy, Joe Nellis, who was jointly responsible for the research and development of the UK’s leading house price measurement systems, the Halifax and the Nationwide House Price Indexes, and Catarina Figueira, Professor of Applied Economics and Policy, both of Cranfield School of Management.

Mr Nellis said: “The DPS Rent Index should be viewed as an important indicator in understanding trends within the UK economy, and is particularly useful in analysing the property, housing and private rented sectors.

“Based on a unique, massive and hitherto untapped pool of data and applying a thorough academic methodology, the index should be regarded as an invaluable source of information on rent prices and trends across the UK.”

Average rent in the North East is the lowest in England, only Northern Ireland has lower average rent in the whole of the UK. Average rent in the region is £237.34 (30.62%) less than the UK average.

Rent in the North East remains the smallest as a proportion of local salary of any UK region, with the average representing 25.11% of median wage after decreasing as a proportion of average wage (by a small amount of 0.15%).