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Rents have risen 60% faster than average wages across England according to new research by housing charity Shelter.

New research from Housing Charity Shelter reveals that rents have raced 60% faster than wages since 2011 across England and it shows this crisis is spilling out of cities and into leafy English market towns and suburbs like Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Milton Keynes.

Research report ‘Rentquake’ hits middle England as rents race above wages in market towns‘ from Shelter as below:

Rents have risen 60% faster than average wages across England according to new research by housing charity Shelter.

The new figures released today show that private rents have risen by 16% since 2011, far above average wages which have only risen by 10%.

The analysis shows the increasing number of people now renting, the so-called ‘rentquake’, are unable to afford soaring rents while their wages stagnate – and the problem is spreading out from London to cities like Cambridge, Bristol and Birmingham.

It has also spread to ‘middle England’ market towns and suburbs like Tunbridge Wells, Milton Keynes and Sevenoaks where rents have risen significantly faster than average wages.

Top 20 councils where rents have risen above average wages the most (2011 – 2017)

Local Authority % Change in average rent % Change in household wages Difference (percentage point)
Barking and Dagenham

42%

2%

40%

Elmbridge

21%

-15%

36%

South Oxfordshire

30%

-5%

35%

Dartford

40%

6%

34%

Kingston upon Thames

27%

-6%

32%

Bristol, City of

44%

12%

32%

Daventry

26%

-4%

31%

Wycombe

30%

-1%

31%

Sutton

35%

5%

30%

Tunbridge Wells

19%

-9%

28%

Cambridge

36%

9%

26%

Milton Keynes

29%

3%

26%

Harrow

33%

7%

26%

Lewes

26%

0%

26%

Rugby

30%

5%

25%

Waltham Forest

38%

13%

25%

Newham

42%

17%

25%

Merton

26%

1%

25%

Redbridge

32%

6%

25%

East Hertfordshire

29%

4%

25%

Shelter blames consecutive governments who have failed to build enough affordable homes to rent to keep up with the surge in renters across the country.

The charity is calling on the government to come up with a new plan for social housing so people on low income jobs can find somewhere affordable to rent, rather than overloading the private rented sector. In addition, they want to improve the private rented sector by making sure the government’s new three year tenancies deal for renters is backed up by law and not light touch incentives.

Shelter is not alone, a range of other organisations from across the political spectrum have been vocal on this issue including The Resolution Foundation, Generation Rent and the new Conservative think tank Onward.

Greg Beales, Campaign Director at Shelter, said: “With this surge in private renters the housing market has shifted massively and yet as a country we’ve failed to respond.

“This has resulted in consecutive governments focusing on better-off home owners whilst not doing enough for hard pressed renters.

“We need politicians of all parties to sit up and take notice of the rising numbers of renters, and ensure they’re doing all they can to protect them.”

Lauren, mid-40s, is a dance teacher and lives in Lewes in East Sussex. She recently had to move out of the home she’s lived in for 13 years because her rent had risen too far above her salary. Lauren says: “I had to leave my home that I lived in for 13 years because the rent became just too much to stay. My daughter was in the middle of her GCSE and it was a real stress on us because I had no idea where I could afford another place as rents seem to be rising everywhere around me. My daughter grew up in this area so it’s really tough for her in particular to have to up sticks and start all over again. I just feel like we’re personally living through a real crisis now. It seems completely unfair that even when you work as hard as you can, renting is still completely unaffordable.

Source of information SHELTER.

Allen Walkey

Allen Walkey

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