The Data Observatory

The NRLA Data Observatory is a collection of official and other well-established data sources which when combined, provide a narrative of the Private Rented Sector (PRS). The NRLA tracks approximately 45 key data sets which are updated monthly, quarterly and annually. A selection of these appear in these pages.

Our Deep Insight blog provides a regular extension of the analysis which appears here, as well as those datasets which are not published in the Data Observatory section of this website.

The blog pages also features blog posts from other organisations and academics to provide insight on the PRS. Here you can also find more in-depth summaries of our regular reports and surveys.

Regional PRS data

Table 1: Weekly rents (Median) across the regions

  • Note the differential between rent levels in the London region and elsewhere – rents in London are twice the England average.
  • The North East is the English region with the lowest median weekly rent – £105pw. 
  • Over the twelve months prior to the production of these statistics, rent growth (not shown) has been modest.

Table 2: Monthly rental price growth, November + December 2020

This chart shows the annual growth rate in the IPHRP for November & December across the English regions and in Wales. The regional pattern continues to distinguish between the rental market in London and the South East and that elsewhere:  

  • In England, the IPHRP remained at 1.4% growth year on year. That is, rental prices in the sector – for both new and existing tenants – grew by an average of 1.4% in the twelve months to December 2020. 
  • This is the third consecutive month the index has grown 1.4% for England as a whole. The recent data continues the 1.4%-1.5% pa growth path the all-England index has been in since October 2019. 
  • In Wales, private rental prices fell back slightly from 1.6% per annum in November to 1.5%.  This continues the relatively strong growth in rental prices which Wales has experienced in the latter half of 2020. 
  • Rental price gowth in Wales has been above 1.3%pa since June of this year.  It is by far the strongest growth experienced in Wales since our coverage began in January 2019.   
  • Price growth in the South West remains incredibly strong.  In December rental prices grew 2.6%pa. The South West also recorded 2.6% rental growth in April 2020.  These are the highest levels of growth in any region since January 2019.
  • Rental price growth in the South West has been over 2.0%pa for each and every month since May 2019.  Price growth has accelerated further since January 2020 - since January 2020 year on year increases have not fallen below 2.3%pa. 
  • The East Midlands also continues to see strong annual price growth - in December rental prices grew by 2.4%pa. Growth has been above 2.0% pa since October 2019.   
  • In the North East annual rental price growth remained at 1.2%pa for third consecutive month. It is the fifth consecutive month annual rental prices in this region have been at 1%pa or above.  This continues to be the strongest period of growth since the NRLA coverage of this data series began. 
  • In Yorkshire & the Humber the level of price growth fell for the second consecutive month - in this instance to 1.6%pa, down from 1.7%pa. It is however the northern region which saw the largest price increase in December.  

In contrast however:

  • London rents grew by just 0.9%pa in December .  This was the region with the lowest level of annual price growth.  Price growth has been below 1.0%pa in two of the three most recent months. 
  • Rents in London continue to underperform the national benchmark. Rental prices in the capital have been below the national (England) growth average since January 2019. In the South East, the last time rental price growth exceeded the national average was in November 2019.
  • For the last three months the London & South East regions have been the two regions with the lowest level of rental price growth. 

Note that some of the data in this section is subject to updates and revision by UK statistical agencies.  The NRLA may, or may not, update this secton as data is revised