By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies to enhance your experience.


Rental sector pushes house prices up by 80% over last decade

As we enter a new year for the property sector, research from Boomin has revealed that the total value of homes in England has increased by 80% over the last decade, driven by the value of homes in the rental market.

The property platform analysed the total number of both owner-occupied and privately rented properties, the total value of each market and how this has changed over the last 10 years.

Housing market vs rental market values


Figures show that the combined markets currently total a value of £7.4 trillion, with the entire market increasing by 80% over the last decade.

The housing market is by far the largest when it comes to total market value at £4.6 trillion versus a total rental market value of £1.5 trillion.

However, as house prices have climbed even higher, the modern-day buyer has been priced out of the market until later in life, resulting in a lifestyle change towards renting for longer.

Boomin says this change is evident when analysing the growth of each market, with the housing market increasing by 75% in value over the last 10 years, while homes in the rental sector have seen an increase of 105% in market value.

Regional value breakdown

Perhaps unsurprisingly, London is home to the most valuable combined market at £1.8 trillion, but it doesn’t rank first when it comes to the total value of the housing market alone.

While the capital sits top of the pile with the most valuable rental market (£529 billion), it is, in fact, the South East that is home to the highest-value housing market with a total of just over £1 trillion.

Where the 10-year value is concerned, though, London tops the list, with the total market increasing by 97% in the last decade. The rental market has grown by 124% and the housing market has increased by 90% – beating all other regions across the board.

Michael Bruce, chief executive officer and founder of Boomin, comments: “We are a nation obsessed by property and home-ownership is one of the key milestones that we all strive to achieve in life. So, it’s hardly surprising that the total value of the nation’s ownership market is over three times that of the rental market and home-ownership remains the predominant style of living for the vast majority.”

Bruce says while the housing market still reigns supreme in terms of total size and value, there has been a far greater level of value growth across the private rental sector to accommodate this new way of living and this trend is apparent across all regions of the nation.

“So those investing in property over the past decade have won hands down, but property investors and landlords especially it seems,” he adds. “London too is the big winner. Despite the stalled market in the capital of late, its overall momentum as a property market powerhouse means that it has seen the biggest value improvements in the last decade regardless.” 

  • icon

    This is one of the worst articles I've read on housing. Nothing Mr Bruce is quoted as saying gives rise to the title of the article. I suspect then that the author is using 'Rental sector pushes house prices up by 80% over last decade' as click-bait, or doesn't actually understand the property market.

    The average number of people per dwellling has remained constant for 20 years, or at least up to 2018. If anyone has more recent figures I'd be interested to see if anything has changed. So from that we can take it that demand and supply are pretty much in equilibrium. The greatest driver of property prices over the period is the access to cheap borrowing, not whether there are more tenanted properties or not. In fact over the last few years the PRS has been shrinking but look what's happened to property prices.

    In reality the PRS has actually helped to keep prices lower as it has added to supply but there is no mention of this as well as no mention of BTR or 'social landlords' buying up existing housing stock and how that is affecting the market and pricing.

  • icon

    This article ( or theme) always comes to the surface is we get closer to a general election with an incumbent Tory government. I won't go into politics and the previous comment is very pertinent.


Please login to comment

MovePal MovePal MovePal
sign up