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Soaring inflation could trigger major arrears problem - warning

A player in the rental insurance field is warning that the growing cost of living crisis makes it more important than ever to take out rent protection cover.

Andy Halstead, chief executive of HomeLet and Let Alliance, says: “The cost of living crisis is likely to intensify as the months tick over, due to inflation and rising energy prices, making it more important than ever for landlords to consider rent protection products to ensure that they are sufficiently protected against the unpredictable nature of the current situation.” 

His remarks come after his HomeLet brand released its latest rental index, this time for February.


It shows that the average rent in the UK reached another record high of £1,069, up 0.5 per cent on the January 2022 figures. 

When London is excluded the average rent in the UK is now £902, up 0.6 per cent on January. 

Average rents in London saw a slight dip, down 0.2 per cent to an average of £1,757 pcm. 

The capital was one of just two regions to see a rent dip - the East Midlands was down 0.1 per cent to an average price of £745 pcm. 

Northern Ireland saw the largest month-on-month rise of 1.8 per cent to a new average high of £718 pcm. 



Halstead says: “The second month of 2022 followed largely similar trends to the first, with the average rental price across the UK continuing to rise month-on-month. 

“The housing supply required to meet the demand sadly isn’t there, so as far as we can tell, this is a trend that will continue to appear throughout 2022, barring an unexpected change. 

“It is interesting to see Greater London record a small dip after a sustained period of resurgence, albeit the dip is a relatively small one.” 


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