'Eyewatering' rises mean people in Kirklees spend third of wage on rent

Rent has increased across the country
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Almost a third of the average income in Kirklees is spent on rent show new figures.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, the average rent in Kirklees sits at £683 a month during May. Meanwhile, other statistics show the median wage for the same month in the same area sits at £2,206, meaning rent makes up 31% of the average income per month of an average person.

This figure is for individual wages, and so people who live together will be able to share rent between their wages.

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Across Yorkshire and The Humber, the average rent was £789 and accounted for 36% of the average person's pay, which sat at £2,219.

London saw the rent take up the highest proportion of wages. The average rent in the city sits at £2,806, or 74% of the average income.

The North East saw the lowest proportion, with the average rent of £667 taking up 30% of the median pay.

Meanwhile, campaign group Generation Rent has said that the next government needs to tackle the costs of renting. They have said the government must build more homes and stop landlords from raising rent above wage growth or inflation.

Ben Twomey, chief executive of Generation Rent, said: "Prices in the shops may have stopped rising so quickly, but renters are still seeing our single biggest cost go up faster than our incomes.

"Landlords can raise the rent as high as they think they can get away with and use the threat of a no-fault eviction to bully their tenants to accept it."

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He added: "We won't fix the cost of renting crisis unless the next government acts to slam the brakes on these runaway rents."

In addition, he said more homes were needed alongside protections for unaffordable rent increases.

Rent has increased in Kirklees by 8%, from £633 a year ago, and has jumped a massive 36% since records began in 2015, when the average rent was £501. Across England, rent has risen 9% from last year and 35% since 2015.

Polly Neate, chief executive of housing charity Shelter, said: "Successive governments have failed to build the social rent homes we desperately need and private rents are continuing to rocket as a result.

"Every day we hear from people who are forced to cough up money they simply don’t have just to keep hold of an overpriced and often shoddy rental."

She added renters are left to accept "eyewatering rent hikes" due to competitive rental markets and a lack of protection from evictions. She said the next government must urgently ban Section 21 "no-fault" evictions, limit in-tenancy rent increases and extends notice periods.

"But long-term, the only way to take the heat off private renting is to invest in a new generation of genuinely affordable social homes with rents tied to local incomes," she added.