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. The survey based measure used in this analysis matches the experience reported in the ONS price indices produced through a different methodology.

Table 2: Monthly rental price growth

This chart shows the annual growth rate in the IPHRP for July & August across the English regions and in Wales. 

  • In England, the IPHRP grew slightly to 1.5% from 1.4% last month. That is rental prices in the sector – for both new and existing tenants – grew by an average of 1.5% in the twelve months to August 2020.  This month’s data continues the pattern of 1.4%-1.5% pa growth the all-England index has been in since October 2019. 
  • In Wales however private rental price change has fallen back to 1.4% growth per annum. This is a check on recent rental price growth experienced in Wales since the latter part of the spring.  Since April 2020 the annual growth had increased from 1%pa to 1.6%pa in July.
  • In the South West, rental price growth continues to be the highest in England. Rental price growth in this region has been over 2.0%pa for each month since May 2019.  In the East Midlands, rental price growth has been above 2.0%pa since October 2019. Yorkshire and the Humber has experienced rental price growth above 2.0%pa since March 2020. 
  • In the North East annual rental price growth increased to 1%pa for the twelve months to August. In this region, growth has been below 1%pa every month - bar June 2020 - since January 2019.  It has been equal to 1%pa for two of the previous three months. 

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