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Housing: Domestic Rents

Volume 685: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

By how much domestic rents have increased(a) by sector, to include council, other registered social landlord and private; and (b) by region of England over the latest three years for which figures are available. [HL7460]

Average weekly rents by region are published for the local authority sector and the registered social landlord sector on the website of the Department for Communities and Local Government in Tables 701 and 703 respectively. The links for these tables are: www.communities.gov.uk/pub/264/Table701Excel32Kb_id1156264.xls and www.communities.gov.uk/pub/267/Table703_id1156267.xls.

The percentage changes in average weekly rent by sector and region are given in the table below. These figures are based on nominal prices.

Percentage change in average weekly rent, by sector and region, England

Percentage change over past three years (for which data are available)

Social renters

Private renters3

Government Office Region

Local Authority housing1

RSL housing2

2002-05

2003-06

2001-02 & 2002-03 to 2004-05& 2005-06

Per cent

North-east

9.3

15.0

4.3

North-west

6.6

13.3

8.3

Yorkshire and the Humber

10.9

9.9

10.6

East Midlands

10.1

15.2

7.9

West Midlands

10.0

14.5

8.2

East

10.9

12.2

27.1

London

7.3

15.7

-2.4

South East

9.5

14.3

0.8

South West

7.9

13.2

13.6

England

10.4

13.8

6.3

Notes

1 Rents calculated at April. LA data based on unaudited local authority returns from DCLG's second subsidy claim form and are provisional for 2005.

2 Registered Social Landlords. Rents calculated at 31 March. Data derived from the annual regulatory and statistical return, administered by the Housing Corporation.

3 Data based on average rents for assured and assured shorthold tenancies as derived from DCLG's Survey of English Housing. Unlike the LA and RSL rental data, which are based on administrative data, the SEH is a sample survey of just 20,000 households per annum—yielding a sample of only around 2,000 private tenancies each year. Because of this relatively small sample size and in order to determine average rents by region, data from two successive surveys are combined together. Hence the figures above are derived by comparing the average rental figures for 2004-05 and 2005-06 with the figures for 2001-02 and 2002-03.