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The East of England has seen the largest spike in rents since Brexit vote

Since the Brexit vote, the East of England has seen the largest spike in rents, up 9.3%, followed by the East Midlands seeing growth hit 9%, lettings compliance firm VeriSmart has found.

The South West (8.9%), North East (6.7%) and the North West (6.7%) have also seen some of the largest regional rental price growth. London is the only region of England to see rental prices fall, down -2.8%.

Jonathan Senior, founder of VeriSmart, said: “While Brexit has brought subdued buyer demand, a fall in transactions and a top line slow in the rate of price growth, there are a number of areas in the rental market that have seen accelerated rental growth since the vote.

“Although it is predicted that there will be a mass migration of EU nationals from the UK in the wake of our European exit, high house prices, low stock levels and a fairly stagnant level of wage growth means that even on a domestic level we are very reliant on the rental market to put a roof over our heads.

“As a result, and even with the wider landscape considered, there are still plenty of opportunities out there for those looking to invest in bricks and mortar.”

Where individual cities are concerned, Nottingham is home to the highest rental hike since the vote, with rental costs in the city soaring 24.5% since June 2016.

Manchester (18.9%), Newcastle (17.7%), Oxford (16.3%), Bournemouth (14.9%), Leeds (13.6%), Leicester (13.4%) and Bristol (12.6%) have also hit double figures.

With London seeing rents drop as a whole since the referendum, Havering is the only borough to see a double-digit uplift, with a 10.5% increase since the vote.

Barking and Dagenham has seen rents increase 8.6%, while Enfield, Newham, Southwark, Hammersmith and Fulham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Ealing have also seen rental growth surpass 5%.

 

 

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