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Rental market 'has fallen into recession' says The DPS

A gloomy report from The Deposit Protection Service says the UK’s rental market is in recession for the first time since the banking crisis started a decade ago. 

The latest figures from The DPS Rent Index show that during the April-to-May period of this year, average monthly UK rent decreased for a second consecutive quarter; this last happened in 2009. 

Average rent also fell year on year for the first time since the crisis, falling £10 or 1.3 per cent from £774.


Julian Foster, managing director at The DPS, says: “Following almost a year of low growth, the UK rental market is now in recession in almost every part of the country. On top of this, our prediction last quarter that rents would decline year-on-year in Q2 for the first time since 2009 have proven accurate.

“There are clearly long-term issues with the sector that are having a substantial effect on growth, particularly in the capital, and it’s difficult to see this negative trend ending any time soon.”

These two consecutive quarters in which average rent decreased followed three quarters of low rent growth; and average rent in Q2 2018 was cheaper than it has been since Q3 2016.

Outside of London, average rent during Q2 2018 was £671 - this is £5 or 0.75 per cent lower than a year earlier.

Average rent was lower during Q2 2018 than Q2 2017 in every UK region except Northern Ireland, Scotland and the South West.

Yorkshire experienced the greatest percentage decline in average rent between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018 by 2.95 per cent or £17 from £567 to £550.

London experienced the greatest value decline in average rent between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018 by £36 or 2.73 per cent from £1,326 to £1,289.

During Q2 2018, the North East was the cheapest UK region in which to rent property - £527.

Average UK rent also decreased as a proportion of average UK wage from 32.56 per cent to 32.13 per cent between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018.

The DPS’ report is available here.

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    The DPS is a toothless supporting tenant company Only and has not got a clue about the Real business of property rental. More and more landlords are refusing to use this joke of a deposit protection company thus the DPS figures are declining. Get in the Real world DPS and listern to the truth from landlords not the lies and distortions from tenants who Use the DPS to rip of good honest landlords.

    James B

    Couldn’t have put it better myself

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    But wait, I thought with S24 etc. rents were going to be whacked up!!! Supply and demand innit??? Shortage of rental properties etc.!!!

    So rents went down as a percentage of household income too??? Interesting.

  • Fed Up Landlord

    The DPS has a tenant centred approach, has a new website that is not user friendly, and is being shunned by landlords and agents in favour of MyDeposits and no deposit schemes. Thus their share of the deposit market is declining and is not representative of whats going on in the property world.


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