What's happening with room rents according to SpareRoom?

publication date: Aug 9, 2014
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books
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National room rent trends from SpareRoom show:- 
This month’s index shows a big increase of 7% year on year. As with rents in London this could be due to the increasing quality in this sector, where landlords have realised professionals are quite happy to rent a room if the quality is good enough. It helps them to keep costs down post student days, retain the ‘student living’ element of sharing and helps them potentially save towards a deposit for their own home.

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Interestingly, rents in London don’t appear to have increased that much and in fact some have fallen.

  • June 2014 versus June 2013 7%

Regional Room Rent Trends
The quarterly percentage change for the majority of room rents varied by +/- 2.5%, with a few areas showing more significant quarterly changes, including Glasgow up 7% and the Isle of Man up just over 8%, whilst Galashiels fell by around 15%.

Room rents

Data sourced from SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index (June 2014). For more data, visit SpareRoom.co.uk.

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