DLR only underground line to resist pandemic rent decline

Jake Carter

September 2, 2021

tube underground

All London Underground lines bar the DLR have seen rent values fall as a result of the pandemic and the resulting reduction in demand from London tenants, according to Benham and Reeves.

The research found that in December 2019, prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK, the average rent around an underground station sat at £2,215 per month.

However, this average monthly cost has since dropped to £2,007 – a decline of 9.4%.

The Circle line has seen the largest drop, with the average cost of renting along the line as a whole falling 16% to £2,566 per month.

The Victoria line has also seen a double-digit drop of 11%, down from an average of £2,227 per month prior to the pandemic to £1,982.

The Waterloo and City line (8.6%), District (8.1%) and Central lines (7.1%) also rank within the top five.

Prior to the pandemic, the average cost of renting along the DLR was £1,647 per month. This has since climbed by 4.5% to £1,721 per month.

The Hammersmith and City and Jubilee lines have seen the lowest reduction in the average cost of renting at 4.1% and 4.2% respectively, while the Met, Bakerloo, Northern and Piccadilly lines have all seen a 6% drop.

Marc von Grundherr, director of Benham and Reeves, said: “The close proximity of a tube station has always been a very sought after feature amongst London’s tenants and this convenience has traditionally commanded a rental price premium as a result.

“However, with the pandemic forcing many to work from home, demand and rental values have fallen across London as a whole, with priorities shifting towards larger homes and green space as opposed to public transport availability.

“The good news is that this downward trend is starting to reverse and as more of us have returned to the capital, rents are once again starting to climb.

“So while renting close to a tube station still remains more affordable at present, tenants looking to secure a bargain need to act now in order to do so.

“With many businesses planning a full return to the workplace in autumn, rental values are sure to bounce back imminently as a quick commute once again becomes a sought after rental property feature.”

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