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Rent costs fall but offer tenants little reassurance

ARLA Propertymark has issued its October Private Rented Sector Report, which revealed that the number of tenants experiencing rent rises fell by eight percentage points in October with 50% of agents witnessing an increase in rent prices, down from 58% in September.

This is the lowest figure since June 2019, when the number of tenants experiencing rent rises was 55%. However, year-on-year, this figure is up from 24% in October 2018, and 22% in October 2017.

The number of tenants successfully negotiating a rent reduction increased to 1.6% from 1.2% in September. Despite this increase, year-on-year this figure is down from 3.7% in October 2018 and 2.5% in October 2017.

The number of properties managed per branch rose by eight percentage points to 201 in October, from 193 in September. Year-on-year supply is also up from 198 in October 2018 and 182 in October 2017. However, demand from prospective tenants remained the same with 72 registered prospective tenants per member branch.

David Cox, ARLA Propertymark chief executive, said:“This month’s figures show some temporary relief for tenants; however, while the number of landlords increasing rents has fallen, year on year the figure remains worryingly high.”

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