Rent increases by 12 percent under coalition

Tenants saw their rent increase by nearly 12 per cent between 2010 and 2012, according to analysis of figures by PricedOut, the campaign for affordable house prices.

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In the same period disposable income increased by a minuscule 0.2%.[i] As a result, a growing population of renters have less money to save for their first home, leaving them trapped in rented housing.

According to today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics, gross weekly rent increased from £121.50 in 2010 to £136 in 2012. The share of household expenditure spent on rent has risen from 27.9% to 29.3% over the same period.

Approximately 36% of the rent bill is covered by housing benefit and other deductions, leaving the average household paying an extra £624 per year in net rent in 2012 than it was in 2010.[ii] Young adults have borne the brunt of the increase in rents, with the average head of household under 30 paying 21% more in rent in 2012 than they were in 2011.[iii] 

Dan Wilson Craw, spokesman for PricedOut, said:

“How can we be expected to save for a deposit on a house, save for a pension, and enjoy an increase in living standards if rent is rising at a vastly higher rate than income? Our broken housing market is leaving more people priced out of home-ownership and forcing them to compete over a limited number of homes.  

“Taxpayers wouldn’t need to foot more than a third of the country’s rent bills if the government invested in building more homes. The Chancellor’s decision last week to allow more councils to borrow is encouraging but we need more action if we are to ever see a genuinely affordable housing market.”

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Notes to editors:

For further information please email press@pricedout.org.uk.

PricedOut (www.pricedout.org.uk) represents the millions of people who would like to buy their own home but cannot buy because of high house prices and high rents. The campaign is independent of any political party and supports initiatives to increase the supply of good quality affordable housing throughout the UK.

A summary of the figures announced today in the ONS’s report on Family Spending is set out below:

 

2010

2011

2012

Change

Gross rent paid by renters

121.50

124.30

136.00

11.9%

As % of expenditure

27.9%

28.2%

29.3%

 

Gross mortgage payments paid by mortgage holders

130.80

139.30

138.60

6.0%

As % of expenditure

13.4%

13.8%

13.9%

 

Gross rent includes housing benefit. Deductions such as housing benefit have remained constant as a proportion of household expenditure.

The proportion of households renting increased between 2006 and 2012, from 29% to 34%.


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