PRS Rents Reach All Time High

Thursday, October 24, 2013
PRS Rents Reach All Time High

PRS Rents Reach All Time High

PRS Rents Increase Again

UK Private Rented Sector (PRS) landlords enjoyed an average return of 7.4% in September 2013, up from 6.1% in August, according to the latest buy-to-let index published by LSL Property Services.

The percentage rises are equivalent to an earned average income of £12,129 (GBP) produced by just one typical rental property in the 12 months leading up  to September 2013, and it is predicted that average returns for landlords and property investors could double over the next 12 months.

The average return for buy-to-let landlords is made up of:

  • Average rental income of £8,164 (GBP) a year
  • Capital appreciation of £3,965 (GBP) in a year
    Total earned over 12 months = £12,129 (GBP)

LSL think that average returns could soon reach £23,028 (GBP), equivalent to a return of 13.6%, within the next 12 months, if PRS rental prices and property values continue to increase at a similar pace as has been observed over the past three months.

PRS rental prices increased by 1.8% during September 2013, to hit their highest-ever average peak of £757 (GBP) per month.

The latest figures equate to landlords earning an average of £13 per month more than they were in October 2012 when the previous all-time record was set, when monthly rents averaged £744 (GBP) across the UK.

The rise of rental prices to record average levels has been matched by a marked increase in lettings activity as tenant demand continues to exceed supply.

The number of new tenancies created in the private rented sector increased by 6.5% in September, reflecting a 9.2% increase over the last 12 months.

PRS rents increased in nine out of 10UKregions during September 2013, and the biggest rent increases were in:

  • South East – rents up 3.3% in a month.
  • North West- 2.7% monthly rise,
  • West Midlands-2.6% monthly rise

The only UK region to observe a drop in rental prices was the East of England where prices dropped by 0.8%

David Brown, commercial director at LSL, said: “Landlords have benefitted from strong yield growth for some time but with such a re-ignited property sales market, there’s now more of a ferocious incentive to invest in the private rented sector than ever before. We expect UK PRS rental yields to hit 5.5% by the middle of this decade, which alongside the recent trend for property price rises, gives every indication the next 12 months are set to heat up even further.”

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