Rents rise for the first time in 1 year

Private sector rents are back on the increase in real terms for the first time in more than a year, a major lettings network has reported.The average monthly rent across England and Wales increased by 2pc in the 12 months to July, edging higher than the 1.9pc rate of Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation, according to LSL Property Services, which owns national chains Your Move and Reeds Rains.

Rents first dipped below inflation in June 2013 and continued on a trend of below-inflation increases up until last month, LSL said. The average monthly rent now stands at £753.

The fastest annual increase was recorded in the South East, where rents typically stand at £775, showing a 3.8pc uplift on a year ago. This is followed by a 3pc annual increase in the North West, where average rents are £594, and a 2.3pc year-on-year rise in London, where the typical monthly rent is £1,143.

In Wales, rents are up by 1.2pc year to reach £562 on average. The North East is the only region where rents have fallen over the last 12 months, edging down by 3.8pc to reach £507 typically, LSL said.