The cost of renting a single room in London has risen by 2% already this year

Michael Lloyd

March 1, 2019

The cost of renting a single room in the capital has already increased by 2% in 2019, having increased by 13% between 2017 and 2018, room share platform ideal flatmate has found.

Between 2017, the average price of a room listed to rent on ideal flatmate was £781, increasing 13% to £855 in 2018. With a continued lack of suitable stock and a reduction in buy-to-let investors, this figure has already climbed to £902 a month barely two months into 2019.

Tom Gatzen, co-founder of ideal flatmate, said: “Despite room sharing remaining the most affordable way of finding a place to live in London, it too is seeing prices increase as the capital’s rental market continues to strain under the pressure of a supply and demand imbalance.

“We’re currently seeing the price of room rentals in London increase at a rate of at least one per cent a month on average which is pretty significant for those already struggling to afford the overall cost of living in the capital.

“This cost increase has largely been driven by a reduction in the number of landlords and letting agents with rooms to rent as a result of the stamp duty shake-up, changes to tax thresholds and the impending ban on letting fees.

“Unless more is done to address this, we will continue to see the cost of renting lift across the board with the capital’s tenants ultimately the ones paying the price.”

When it comes to the most expensive, Westminster is currently the most expensive borough at an average of £1,045 a month, followed by Camden at £999 per month on average.

However, when looking on a more granular level it’s Nine Elms that currently tops the table with an average monthly rent of £2,123 a month.

Other areas to see some of the highest rents for just a single room are Covent Garden, Upper Clapton, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Church End, Bayswater, St James’s, North Finchley and Millbank – all at £1,200 or above.

North Woolwich at £350, with Abbey Wood, Manor Park, Hither Green and West Norwood are some of the lowest.


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