The latest Landbay Rental Index has found that tenants outside of London are paying on average 33% of their gross monthly income on rent.
Renters in the UK (excluding London) earning a typical monthly salary of £2,317, before tax, are paying out £769 a month for the average rental property in the UK.
Wage growth has outstripped rental growth in all regions of the UK, improving affordability across the board. In the year, average rental growth in the UK (excluding London) has increased by 1.25%, meaning tenants are paying £120 per year more. However, monthly gross pay has improved by £768 per year, leaving tenants £648 better off.
Rent as a proportion of a monthly salary varies across the UK. In London, despite having higher monthly pay packets, tenants are paying as much as 61% of their gross salary on rent for the average rental property. For a one-bedroom property this drops to 47%.
Other regions with tenants with higher than average rent as a proportion of their pay are the South East and East England, which pay 42% and 38% respectively of their gross salary on rent.
Regions with lowest proportion of money being spent on rent include the North East (25%), Yorkshire & Humberside (26%) and North West (27%). Despite this the North East has also seen the lowest earnings growth and with rental growth largely remaining unchanged during the year at 0.04%, tenants are only £132 better off a year. By comparison, tenants in Northern Ireland and West Midlands have seen improvements of £1,032 and £1,020 respectively.
John Goodall, CEO and founder of Landbay, said: “Improved affordability is welcome news for renters. For tenants looking to save up for a house, the prospect of having more money in their pocket each month will help them get one step closer to owning their own home. Wage growth is continuing to improve across the UK so the outlook for tenants can only get better.
“Brokers can use this data to help clients to look for opportunities across the UK where higher wage growth will boost demand for properties.”