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Revealed! The regions generating the most rent for landlords

Tenants are paying almost £70bn of rent to landlords a year, research claims.

Buy-to-let specialist Sequre Property Investment has found the best regions for rental income in for landlords in relation to the local gross domestic product (GDP).

It found that across the UK, the average tenant pays £12,636 in rent each year equating to total rental income in excess of £69.4bn across the 2.2m privately rented homes.

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When compared with the estimated GDP of the UK, the income generated via the private rental market is equivalent to 3.2 per cent.

London tops the list where the most rent is paid.

Each year £21.4bn is generated in rental income, equating to 4.3 per cent of the region’s GDP, Sequre Property said.

The South East, South West and East of England are the only other regions where the average monthly rent sits above the £1,000 threshold.

As a result, £9.1bn is generated in rental income across the South East on an annual basis, the equivalent to 2.8 per cent of the region’s GDP.

Across the South West and East of England, the private rental market brings in £6.1m each year, equivalent to 3.7% and 3.2% of their respective regional GDPs, according to the research.

Daniel Jackson, sales director at Sequre Property Investment, said: “Despite the government’s best efforts to deter landlords, the buy-to-let sector remains a huge area of investment, providing the vast majority of rental homes that are vital to so many across the UK.

While a ban on tenant evictions may have dampened rental income levels for many landlords over the last year or so, the sector continues to generate a staggering sum on an annual basis.”

He said there has been a resurgence of interest in the North West, in particular, due to the lower cost of investing coupled with a strong level of demand from tenants and the rental income on offer.

Jackson added: “As the rental market continues to refind its feet in the post-pandemic landscape, we expect the North West to match all areas of the South both in terms of market performance and when drawing investment from those either entering the sector or expanding their portfolios.”

Location

Private rented stock est

Average annual rent

Est annual private rental income

Est GDP full number (2019)

Est annual private rent total value as % of GDP

London

1,042,000

£20,556

£21,419,352,000

£503,653,000,000

4.30%

South East

670,000

£13,584

£9,101,280,000

£327,102,000,000

2.80%

South West

506,000

£12,072

£6,108,432,000

£163,941,000,000

3.70%

East of England

497,000

£12,252

£6,089,244,000

£190,962,000,000

3.20%

North West

556,000

£9,840

£5,471,040,000

£212,843,000,000

2.60%

West Midlands region

451,000

£9,480

£4,275,480,000

£163,624,000,000

2.60%

Yorkshire and the Humber

482,000

£8,688

£4,187,616,000

£146,746,000,000

2.90%

East Midlands

391,000

£8,904

£3,481,464,000

£129,854,000,000

2.70%

Scotland

371,000

£9,096

£3,374,616,000

£166,957,000,000

2.00%

Wales

204,955

£8,676

£1,778,189,580

£77,517,000,000

2.30%

North East

203,000

£6,864

£1,393,392,000

£64,260,000,000

2.20%

Northern Ireland

118,875

£8,448

£1,004,253,128

£48,584,000,000

2.10%

United Kingdom

5,492,830

£12,636

£69,407,395,584

£2,172,511,000,000

3.20%

Sources

Gov.uk, Gov.wales, Gov.Scot, NISRA

HomeLet

Private rental stock x average annual rent

Office for National Statistics & Statista

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