London dominates the list of the lowest rents in the UK, but Manchester dominates the North as it is much more affordable than any of its northern counterparts
London dominates the list for cheapest places to rent in the UK, but Sevenoaks and Brighton top the list outside the capital, while Manchester is much more affordable than their northern counterparts.
Kensington and Chelsea are the cheapest places to rent in the whole of England.
The average monthly rent in the London borough is £2,300, according to the latest figures from the Office of Valuations.
That’s compared to the average salary of £3,132 before tax.
That gives a rent-to-income ratio of 73%.
Westminster has the next highest rate at 69%. The Sevenoaks area of Kent is next with 63%, followed by the London boroughs of Merton (61%), Newham (60%), Camden (60%) and Southwark (59%).
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There’s a little red blob on the north side of that map – Manchester.
Rent in the city is much lower than any of its northern counterparts.
According to the data, the average property in Manchester costs £875 a month.
Meanwhile, the average income comes out to be £2,008 a month, before tax.
It delivers a rent-to-income ratio of 44%, the highest of any local government outside London and the South.
In fact, it is equal to or higher than the six boroughs of London.
The rent-to-income ratio in the city is also at least 8 percentage points higher than in any county around Greater Manchester, 11 points higher than Leeds, 12 points higher than Newcastle and 17 points higher than Liverpool. .
Middlesbrough is the most affordable place to rent in the UK.
Properties have an average rent of £450 a month there, which is the cheapest in the country.
It works out to just 21% of the average salary in the area.
Allerdale and County Durham are next with 22% each.
Following them are seven regions with a share of 23% – Hartlepool, Hull, North East Lincolnshire, Burnley, Darlington, Copeland and Carlisle.
Rent Affordability in Greater Manchester
Local government: Rent-to-income ratio