New map shows Surrey area that's the cheapest to rent - but it's still more than national average

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Rent prices in parts of Surrey have increased at five-times the rate of inflation over the last year.

The Surrey are which has seen the largest rent price hike is in Surrey Heath. It costs £1,386 a month to rent the average home in Surrey Heath, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics which cover the year to April 2024. That’s an increase of 12.3% compared to last year. That’s more than five-times greater than the rate of inflation (2.4%), is the largest increase in Surrey, and is above the UK average of 8.9%. The average rent in England was £1,293.

Runnymede has seen the next largest rent price hike in Surrey. The average home there cost £1,551 a month to rent in the year to April. That’s 10.8% more than a year earlier.

In Elmbridge and Spelthorne rents are up by 9.2% a month, in Reigate and Banstead they’re up by 8.4%, and in Epsom and Ewell by 8.3%.

The cheapest place to rent was in Waverley, with an average of £,1340. But this is still above the national average (The average rent in England was £1,293.) Waverley includes areas like Cranleigh, Godalming and Farnham.

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

Surrey increases

  1. Surrey Heath: 12.3%

  2. Runnymede: 10.8%

  3. Elmbridge: 9.2%

  4. Spelthorne: 9.2%

  5. Reigate and Banstead: 8.4%

  6. Epsom and Ewell: 8.3%

  7. Mole Valley: 8.2%

  8. Woking : 7.8%

  9. Guildford : 5.2%

  10. Tandridge: 4.5%

  11. Waverley: 2.8%

Surrey rents

  1. Elmbridge: £1765

  2. Epsom and Ewell: £1598

  3. Runnymede: £1551

  4. Guildford: £1545

  5. Woking: £1544

  6. Spelthorne: £1501

  7. Reigate and Banstead: £1494

  8. Tandridge: £1460

  9. Surrey Heath: £1386

  10. Mole Valley: £1386

  11. Waverley: £1340


Nationally, average rents increased to £1,293 (8.9%) in England, £730 (8.2%) in Wales and £952 (10.0%) in Scotland, in the 12 months to April 2024. In Great Britain, average rent was highest in Kensington and Chelsea (£3,356) and lowest in Dumfries and Galloway (£477). In April 2024, the average rent was highest in London (£2,070)

Brent has seen the largest increase of any local authority in the country over the last 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% more than a year earlier.

Rents in Folkestone and Hythe in Kent have increased by 22.4% over the last year to an average of £991 a month. Greenwich has seen the next largest increase at 16.1% (£1,782 a month), followed by Lothian in Scotland at 15.8% (£1,330 a month), and Argyll and Bute, also in Scotland, at 15.6% (£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% compared to a year earlier.