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Average cost of rent in the United Kingdom (UK) 2019-2020, by region

The average rent for a house in the United Kingdom (UK) increased across most regions in between March 2019 and 2020. The average rental of 1,673 British pounds in Greater London was way higher than the national average of 959 GBP. Housing in the UK is more expensive than in other European countries, largely because of prices in the capital city of London.

UK increasingly a rental market

The data provided here was based on rents paid, instead of advertising costs or asking prices. In recent years, the UK’s residential property market has slowly become more favorable for renters as indicated by the growing house price to rent ratio.

Is London becoming too expensive?

Londoners spent the biggest proportion of their income on rent, more than one third of a household’s income. High rents might have sparked a move away from the capital to other regions in the UK, such as the South East (Brighton and Southampton), the West Midlands (Birmingham) and the North West (Liverpool, Manchester, Blackpool and Preston).

Average rental costs in the United Kingdom (UK) March 2019 and March 2020, by region

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United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 2019 to March 2020

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