Hamptons Rental Index – May 2018 | CityLets YorkCityLets York

Lower Stamp Duty In The North Sees Rental Stock Levels Rise by 19%

  • Average rents in the North fell -0.3% in April compared with the same period last year – the first year-on-year fall for 4 years
  • Meanwhile rental growth accelerated in the South to 2.2% in April 2018, buoyed on by increases in London (2.2%) and the East (3.6%)
  • The average cost of a new let reached £953 pcm in Great Britain in April, 1.9% up on the same period last year
  • Average rents in the South rose to £1,372 pcm in April, 2.2 times more than the average rent in the North (£622 pcm), although this largely reflects property price differences

The Hamptons International Monthly Lettings Index (formerly the Countrywide Lettings Index) shows that in April the average cost of a new let in the North fell for the first time since 2014. Rents in the North fell -0.3% in April 2018 compared to the same period last year, meanwhile rental growth accelerated in the south to 2.2%. (table 1).

From the table below, we can also see that stock levels rose in the North by 19% year on year, whilst they reduced by -16% in the south. Given that the number of homes available to rent in the North has increased so significantly, the small reduction in rental income is relatively low.

TABLE1: North / South Rents & Stock Levels:

Across Great Britain average rents rose by 1.9% year-on-year in April to reach £953 pcm. Since April 2016 when the stamp duty surcharge for second homeowners was introduced, the number of homes available to rent has fallen in the South, but stock levels have been more resilient in the North. Over this period of time, landlords have sold 82,000 more homes than they bought in the South, compared to 24,000 net sales in the North. As a result, in April 2018 there were 5% fewer homes available to rent across Great Britain than in April 2016.

Rents in the North East have been falling for the last five months, meanwhile stronger rental growth in the South was spurred on by the East (the top performing region last month) and London where rents rose 3.6% and 2.2% respectively. In the capital, rental growth slowed in inner London to 1.9% whereas rents increased 2.3% in outer London. (table 2).

TABLE2: New Lets (pcm)

Rents rose in six out of eight regions, with Scotland (-5.3%) recording the third consecutive month of
falls. The North (-0.3%) was the only other region to record falling rents. Meanwhile Wales saw the
second fastest rental growth across Great Britain with the average cost of a new let rising 3.4% year-on-year
in April. Average rents in the Midlands grew 2.4% over the month.

Commenting Aneisha Beveridge, Research Analyst at Hamptons International, said:

“Low stock levels in the South continue to drive rental growth as tenants compete for fewer available homes. Since April 2016, the month the stamp duty surcharge was introduced for second homeowners, landlords across Great Britain have sold 88,000 more homes than they bought. But landlords are finding new ways to maximise their returns by purchasing properties elsewhere, particularly further North in search of lower stamp duty bills and higher yields.

“Across Great Britain rental growth picked up last month to 1.9%, with the East being the top performing region (3.6%). London has seen a reversal of fortunes with rental growth averaging 2.7% so far this year compared to -2.0% in the same period last year. This growth has been driven by inner London with average rents rising 4.1% so far this year.”

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