25 Out of 32 London Borough’s Tenants sacrifice More Than 50% of Their Monthly Salary on Rent


With wage inflation stagnating below the rate of increased property prices, it has become very difficult to get a firm foothold on the London property ladder. Many people have therefore been forced into the private rental sector; signified by nearly one in three London household’s renting privately.

Despite the tremendous growth for the sector itself, the increased demand has driven up private rental values. Especially in London, where the average rent for a one bedroom property is a substantial £1,329 per month. analysed data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), revealing that single tenant’s in 25 of London’s 32 boroughs are sacrificing more than 50% of their monthly salary (after income and council tax deductions) on rent for their one bedroom property.

Single tenants living in a one bedroom property in Kensington and Chelsea are sacrificing an astonishing 85% of their monthly salary on rent – the highest out of all the London boroughs.

Single tenants in Kensington and Chelsea are then closely followed by those in Hackney – who give up 81% of their monthly salary to pay for rent on their one bedroom property. In third place is Westminster, where single tenants use up 79% of their monthly salary to pay rent for their one bedroom property.

Single tenants in Bromley as well as Havering, sacrifice the joint lowest percentage of their monthly salary on renting their one bedroom properties in London at 42%. Redbridge (49%), Merton (49%) Richmond upon Thames (48%) and Bexley (43%) are the other London boroughs where single tenants sacrifice less than 50% of their monthly salary on a one bedroom property.

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