The private rental prices grew by 14.1 per cent in the last five years (Jan 2011-Dec 2016) in Great Britain, primarily driven by London, reveals the Index of private housing rental prices (IPHRP) released by the Office for National Statistics, UK.

The IPHRP underscores the importance of London as global property hotspot, especially for residential properties. London’s contribution to the growth of private housing rental prices in the last five years is 4.2 per cent. When London is excluded, private rental prices increased by 9.9% over the same period in Great Britain, the IPHRP established.

From Jan-Dec 2016, the private rental prices grew by 2.3 per cent in Great Britain while the corresponding figure for London is 2.4 per cent, which is higher than the national average. This once again highlights London as one of the top destinations preferred by tenants with international background, especially by global travellers and the business community.

Among the countries, England leads the growth in private rental prices at 2.5 per cent in 2016. Private rental prices in the south and east of England are rising at a faster pace than those in the north. The largest annual rental price increases were in the South East (3.4%), unchanged from November 2016. “This was followed by the East of England (3.0%), down from 3.1% in November 2016 and the South West (2.9%), up from 2.4% in November 2016,” the IPHRP report said.

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