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Countrywide says London rents down again but other areas rising slowly

The latest figures produced by Countrywide show a slow rise in rents across most of the country with the notable exception of London.

The average cost of a new let in Great Britain rose to £964 pcm in July according to the figures, branded from Countrywide’s high-end agency Hamptons International but referring to the wider mainstream rental market.  

However, the pace of annual rental growth across Britain as a whole continued to slow and is now just 0.2 per cent.  

Wales saw the highest rental growth with rents up 4.9 per cent year-on-year, followed by the Midlands on 2.4 per cent and the South West and North both recording a 0.9 per cent rise.  

Meanwhile average rents in London fell for the second consecutive month, down 1.6 per cent year-on-year. Inner London experienced the greatest fall, with rents decreasing for the third consecutive month and down 1.7 per cent on an annual basis.


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