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The most expensive places to rent outside London

The most expensive places to rent outside London

Growing rental demand is pushing prices up in these towns and cities.

Reena Sewraz

Mortgages and Home

Reena Sewraz
Updated on 1 May 2015

Esher in Surrey is the most expensive place to rent a two-bedroom property in the UK outside of London, according to new research from Rightmove.

The popular property website has analysed its data on rental asking prices over the last year to determine the nation’s priciest areas as rental demand reaches record highs.

Rightmove reports email enquiries it passes on from home-hunters to letting agents has shot up 73% in the past year.

This has translated into a 4.6% rise in two-bedroom property rents, outside of London, over the last year compared to 2.5% the year before.

The average asking rent on a two-bedroom property (excluding London) is now £677 a month according to Rightmove’s figures.

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The most expensive places to rent

Here are the top 20 places to rent in the UK (excluding London) according to Rightmove.

Area

Average asking rent of a two-bed property per month

Esher, Surrey

£1,913

Oxford, Oxfordshire

£1,612

Weybridge, Surrey

£1,446

Marlow, Buckinghamshire

£1,424

Ascot, Berkshire

£1,412

Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire

£1,385

Egham, Surrey

£1,353

Windsor, Berkshire

£1,351

Bushey, Hertfordshire

£1,330

Guildford, Surrey

£1,309

Epsom, Surrey

£1,269

Walton-On-Thames, Surrey

£1,232

St. Albans, Hertfordshire

£1,222

Chertsey, Surrey

£1,210

Woking, Surrey

£1,209

Loughton, Essex

£1,208

Sevenoaks, Kent

£1,193

Reigate, Surrey

£1,184

Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

£1,184

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

£1,182

Source: Rightmove

[SPOTLIGHT]The most expensive place to rent a two-bedroom property outside of London is Esher, where you’ll have to pay nearly £2,000 a month. Asking rents here have risen 4.1% in the past year.

Oxford is the next most expensive for this kind of rental. Here asking rents average just over £1,600 a month an increase of 11.7% compared to a year before.

Rightmove says two bedroom average asking rents in both Esher and Oxford are more expensive than Outer London, where it’s currently £1,493 per month on average.

Sam Mitchell, Head of lettings at Rightmove, says: “People moving out of the capital to places in the South East has contributed to double-digit growth in rents in some of the most expensive places like Oxford and Henley-on-Thames. Factors like being close to good schools and transport links will always come at a premium, and as these figures show it’s wrong to think that anywhere outside of London will definitely be cheaper than in London."

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