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 – £100pw. 
  • Over the twelve months prior to the production of these statistics, rent growth (not shown) has been modest.

Table 2: Monthly rental price growth, Jul-Aug 2021

This chart shows the annual growth rate in the IPHRP for July & Aug across the English regions and in Wales. In August the CPI leapt to3.2%pa and the CPI(H) was 3.0%pa. No region experienced that level of rental growth in August. The regions with the highest growth were - as has become usual - the East Midalnds (2.7%pa) and the South West (2.6%pa).

The 2.7%pa growth seen in the East Midlands is the largest increase recorded since our coverage of the data set began in January 2019. 

Only in one region did the August annual increase in rental prices fell below the annual growth in July: London landlords once again experiencing a fall in rent levels compared to twelve months ago. This is the fourth consective month rent levels have fallen in the capital city.  Note that while the England figure for rental growth is 1.2%pa, if London is excluded, rental growth in the rest of England is 2.1%. 

In the South East the recovery is gathering pace: the rate of increase (now at 1.6%pa) has grown for the third consecutive month: at the end of 2020/start of 2021 rental growth in this region was not so different from London. Through 2021, prices have strengthened in the South East whilst first stagnating and now falling in London. 

The strength in the North West's rental prices  continues. In August 2021 rental prices have grown 2.2%. This compares to growth of 1.1% in July 2020 - the rate of increase is now twice what it was twelve months ago.    

In the East of England (2.0%pa) rental growth rose for the fourth consecutive month. In four of the nine English regions, rental growth now exceeds 2%pa. Even so, growth remains below the two key measures of consumer prices. 


*Note the analysis rounds the data to 1 dp, the charts are based on full data from the ONS

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