Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that rents rose by an average 3.2% in the 12 months to July.
Scotland saw the greatest increase in rents at 3.7%, while England saw a 3.2% hike and Wales a 2.1% rise. Since January 2015, rental prices across the UK have risen overall by 14.3%.
Reflecting on the data, Nathan Emerson, Propertymark CEO, said: “Rises in rental prices are contributed to a series of reasons including inflation, but with a significant number of landlords across the UK only having one property, increasing tax burdens and recent legislation adding to the hundreds of existing regulatory pressures are causing their costs to rise.
“If the trend of small portfolio landlords leaving the sector continues, the losses to the private rented sector will be no small dent.
“A healthy mix of small and larger landlords has played a key part in the success of the private rented sector and supporting tenants to find homes, but without the investment and support needed by the UK Government, this trend is set to continue, and the imbalance of supply and demand will only continue to worsen.”
While rents have continued to climb across the country, the figures reveal that there was a sustained pick-up in London.