Private Rented Housing: Rents

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 11 November 2022.

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Photo of Paula Barker Paula Barker Shadow Minister (Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what processes his Department has in place to (a) monitor and (b) evaluate average levels of private rented sector rents in England; and what recent assessment his Department has made of the affordability of average private sector rents for low to middle income households.

Photo of Felicity Buchan Felicity Buchan Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Department continues to monitor key sources of data including the Office for National Statistics' Index of Private Housing Rental Prices.

The most recent English Housing Survey found that over two thirds (71%) of private renters in the lower two income quintiles spent 30% or more of their income on rent in 2021-21.

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