Kent rental prices rise as new map shows cost of renting a home in every area across the county

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Rent prices in parts of Kent have increased at 10-times the rate of inflation over the past year. It costs £991 a month to rent the average home in Folkestone and Hythe, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics which cover the year to April 2024.

That’s an increase of 22.4 per cent compared to last year when the average home cost £809 a month to rent. That’s 10-times greater than the rate of inflation (2.4 per cent) and is the second largest increase in the country after Brent (32.6 per cent).

It’s also well above the UK average of 8.9 per cent. Medway has seen the next largest rent price hike in Kent.

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The average home there cost £1,077 a month to rent in the year to April. That’s 10.1 per cent more than a year earlier.

In Thanet rents have increased by 9.7 per cent to £985 a month. In Swale they’re up by 9.4 per cent to £1,037 a month, and in Maidstone they’re up by 9.1 per cent to £1,135 a month.

You can see how the cost of renting has changed in each local authority in England and Wales by using our interactive map below:

Kent increases

Folkestone and Hythe: 22.4%
Medway: 10.1%
Thanet: 9.7%
Swale: 9.4%
Maidstone: 9.1%
Ashford: 8.8%
Dartford: 8.6%
Dover: 7.9%
Gravesham: 7%
Tonbridge and Malling: 6.4%
Tunbridge Wells: 6.2%
Canterbury: 4.8%
Sevenoaks: 3.4%

Kent rents

Sevenoaks: £1,596
Dartford: £1,386
Tonbridge and Malling: £1,329
Tunbridge Wells: £1,309
Gravesham: £1,151
Canterbury: £1,142
Maidstone: £1,135
Ashford: £1,100
Medway: £1,077
Swale: £1,037
Folkestone and Hythe: £991
Thanet: £985
Dover: £856

Brent has seen the largest increase of any local authority in the country over the past year. It cost £2,028 a month to rent a home in the London borough in the 12 months to April.

That’s 32.6 per cent more than a year earlier. Rents in Folkestone and Hythe have increased by 22.4 per cent over the past year to an average of £991 a month.

Greenwich has seen the next largest increase at 16.1 per cent (£1,782 a month), followed by Lothian in Scotland at 15.8 per cent (£1,330 a month), and Argyll and Bute, also in Scotland, at 15.6 per cent (£790 a month). Oldham has seen the largest rent increases of any local authority in the North of England.

The average home in Oldham cost £766 a month to rent in the 12 months to April. That’s up by 13.4 per cent compared to a year earlier.

That’s marginally more than in Salford, which has seen the North’s next highest rise. The average home there costs £1,033 a month to rent, up 13.2 per cent compared to last year.

Rents in York have gone up by an average of 13.0 per cent, in Rochdale by 12.3 per cent, and in Manchester by 12.2 per cent. Cardiff has seen the largest rent price increases in Wales.

The average home in the Welsh capital costs £1,010 a month to rent, 13 per cent more than it did last year. Swansea has seen Wales’ next largest increase at 12.1 per cent to £739 a month.

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