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London high street tenants are paying above average rent prices, says Spotahome

Em Morley - September 4, 2020

Tenants are paying above the average rent price for London to live closer to a high street, research from Spotahome reveals.

Spotahome looked at each London borough based on the high street population as a percentage of total population. 

The research shows that in all nine boroughs where more than 50% of the population is located on or near the high street, people pay above the London average rent of £1,644. 

As an example, 82% of renters in the City of London are living on or near a high street, paying an average monthly rent of £2,274.

Spotahome has pointed out that a shift in priorities could occur due to COVID-19, leading to higher demand and higher rents in areas with more green spaces instead.

However, all London boroughs with less than 34% of its population living on the high street have an average rent price less than London’s overall average of £1,644.

UK and Ireland Country Manager of Spotahome, Nadia Butt, commented: “While it’s understandable that people pay more to be near amenities like tube stations, bars and restaurants, this trend may be shifting.

“After spending months inside, many tenants are prioritising green spaces over the busy high street, especially as they look to avoid being exposed to the virus in the event of a potential second wave.

“Therefore, we may see a rebalancing of the cost of renting, as demand shifts from the high street to parks and greenery, with these currently more affordable boroughs climbing in cost as a result.”

BoroughHigh street population as a share of total local authority population (%)Average rent pm
City of London81.8£2,274
Kensington and Chelsea71.4£3,023
Westminster67.3£3,046
Hammersmith and Fulham64.9£2,117
Camden63.1£2,302
Islington56.9£2,003
Haringey53.2£1,669
Hackney51.5£1,842
Wandsworth50.0£1,958
Waltham Forest49.7£1,352
Newham49.5£1,453
Southwark47.2£1,718
Tower Hamlets39.5£1,835
Brent37.8£1,502
Richmond upon Thames34.2£1,835
Ealing33.5£1,569
Merton32.9£1,640
Redbridge32.4£1,311
Lewisham32.2£1,316
Barking and Dagenham31.9£1,208
Barnet30.4£1,499
Lambeth30.4£1,908
Enfield29.9£1,292
Harrow29.1£1,387
Kingston upon Thames28.3£1,306
Croydon28.1£1,140
Hounslow25.4£1,352
Greenwich24.8£1,476
Sutton24.3£1,151
Bromley23.3£1,307
Havering22.9£1,169
Bexley20.2£1,092
Hillingdon19.0£1,200
London£1,644