New rents rose 2.4% across the UK in August on an annual basis.
It was the highest rate of annual inflation since last November.
The average monthly rent now stands at £939 – although when London is excluded, it is £776.
In London itself rents rose 2.5% on August last year following three successive months of decline. The average monthly rent in the capital is now £1,609.
The figures are from tenancy referencing firm HomeLet. They come as inflation climbs in the UK, with increasing question marks over the affordability of housing both to rent and buy.
|Region||Average rent in August 2017||Average rent in July 2017||Average rent in August 2016||Monthly variation||Annual variation|
|South West||£838||£823||£805||1.8 %||3.9 %|
|Northern Ireland||£634||£625||£610||1.4 %||3.7 %|
|West Midlands||£693||£680||£670||1.9 %||3.3 %|
|East Midlands||£617||£620||£597||-0.5 %||3.2 %|
|North East||£538||£526||£524||2.3 %||2.7 %|
|East of England||£926||£919||£901||0.7 %||2.6 %|
|North West||£703||£698||£685||0.8 %||2.6 %|
|Greater London||£1,609||£1,564||£1,569||2.9 %||2.5 %|
|Scotland||£629||£630||£616||-0.1 %||2.0 %|
|Wales||£626||£613||£615||2.1 %||1.8 %|
|Yorkshire & Humberside||£630||£625||£621||0.8 %||1.5 %|
|South East||£1,028||£1,025||£1,030||0.3 %||-0.2 %|
|UK||£939||£925||£916||1.5 %||2.4 %|
|UK excluding Greater London||£776||£769||£759||0.9 %||2.3 %|
|Notes:||Based on new tenancies in August 2017||Based on new tenancies in July 2017||Based on new tenancies in August 2016||Comparison of average rent in August 2017 and July 2017||Comparison of average rent in August 2017 and August 2016|