Durham is the most affordable city in the UK for renters

A blood red “supermoon” in the skies above Durham Cathedral, created from a lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth. Picture by Owen Humphreys PA Archive/PA Images

RECENT data has shown that Durham is the most affordable city in the UK for renters.

To maintain an adequate standard of living, experts advise that tenants shouldn’t spend more than 30% of their gross income salary on rent.

Using average income salary and rental price data for cities, it can reveal that Durham is the most affordable city to rent in the UK for the second year running. Renting a property in Durham requires just 21% of your monthly salary going towards rent. In 2019, 23% of your salary would be expected to be put towards rent in Durham.

There are only 16 cities classes as affordable for renting in the UK, with most being northern cities.

The northern cities continue to top the ‘most affordable’ charts with Hull only requiring you to spend 23% of your salary on rent. Close behind are Stoke-on-Trent, Derby and Carlisle where you’re required to spend only 24% of your salary on rent!

At the other end of the scale, Oxford has been crowned 2020’s ‘least affordable city to rent in’, where 66% of your salary is needed to be put towards rent. In 2019, the most unaffordable city to rent in was Brighton, which this year, now sits in fourth position. The trend continues with the southern cities appearing high on the ‘least affordable’ chart. Renting in Exeter requires 55% of your monthly salary and in both City of Westminster and Brighton, you will be expected to spend 53% of your salary on rental payments.

Open Property Group Managing Director, Jason Harris-Cohen, said: “The North continues to dominate the most affordable cities except for Manchester. I am surprised that Manchester is considered a least affordable city, albeit the city is highly sought after from property buyers and renters, and this would naturally increase rents with supply and demand imbalances

“I am noticing constraint supply of rental properties as numerous macro factors have prompted landlord to obtain vacant possession of their properties and cease the tenancies. Some of the factors stimulating these problems are the current recession, COVID-19, increased taxation, new regulations and unemployment or reduced earnings, which may necessitate the need for landlords to release equity from their properties.

“Despite the sales market being challenging, the rental market has remained buoyant and constraint availability, thus keeping rental prices strong.”

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