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, August + September 2020

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

  • In England, the IPHRP remained at 1.5% growth year on year. 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 pattern the all-England index has been in since October 2019. 
  • In Wales private rental price change grew to 1.5% per annum - up from 1.4% in August. In Wales,the second half of the year has to date seen stronger price growth than the first half of 2020.  
  • The level of price growth in the South West - 2.4% in the year up until September - has been the regional story of 2020.  Whilst rental price growth in this region has been over 2.0%pa for each month since May 2019, since January 2020, it has not fallen below 2.3%pa. 
  • It is however the East Midlands which saw the strongest annual price growth across England and Wales in September. At 2.6%pa it comfortably exceeded both the South West and the West Midlands (2.3%pa) in rental price growth.  The East Midlands has been recording price increases above 2.0%pa since October 2019. 
  • In the North East annual rental price growth increased to 1.1%pa for the twelve months to September. It is just the third month since January 2019 that rental prices have grown by over 1%pa.  It is also however the third time in the last four months that this level of growth has been achieved.

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