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Average rents in Scotland reached a new peak of £544 per month in May after a record monthly increase of 1% and annual growth of 2.7%, the latest buy to let index shows. The rise was led by a 1.9% monthly increase in the south of Scotland, the biggest regional change and annual growth is now the fastest since the summer of 2014, according to the latest index from Your Move, one of Scotland’s largest lettings agent networks. The average Scottish rent has reached an all-time high of £544, following a 1.0% boost in May 2015. In contrast, over the past six months, rents have risen by an average of just 0.1% per month. May’s rise represents the strongest monthly uplift on record, as rent growth begins to pick up. This also represents a significant increase from 1.6% annual growth in April 2015 and 1.3% in March, after a recent lull in annual rent rises. According to Brian Moran, lettings director at Your Move Scotland, the rental market has seen growth more than doubled since March, when annual rent rises were only 1.3%. ‘After a downtrend in rent growth over the winter months, we’re now back on par with the rate of rises a year ago. In fact, at the same time last year, rents were rising at a moderately faster pace, with 2.8% annual growth in May 2014,’ he pointed out. He also explained that affordability is one of the main handicaps reining back private sector rents from rising even faster, but with recent boosts to wage growth, most household incomes are weighing in higher, and tenants can finally afford to pay more. ‘However, this needs to go hand in hand with supply. With a strong economy and sturdy jobs market, demand for homes to let is standing tall. The stock of available housing needs to rise to match this level to maintain the delicate balance with rent rises, and tenant incomes,’ he added. Rents are higher than a year ago in all but one of the five regions of Scotland. Compared to last year, rents in Glasgow and Clyde have seen the biggest movement, rising 5.7% in the past 12 months, equal to £30 in absolute terms. This brings the typical rent in the region to £566 as of May 2015. The second most significant increases were found in the South and the East of Scotland, with average rents in these both regions up 2.7% since May 2014. Rents in the Highlands and Islands experienced more moderate annual rent growth of 1.9%. Edinburgh and the Lothians is the only region where typical rental prices have fallen year on year. The average monthly rent in the region is now 0.6% lower than it was a year ago. At £593 per month, the average rent is now considerably below its November 2014 peak, when prices reached £617. On a monthly basis, rental prices have risen across all regions of Scotland. Rents in the South… Continue reading →
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