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  • Release date: 11 April 2017
  • Period covered: 2016
An annual report which includes information on rents paid in the private rented sector.

The report presents the average (mean), median, lower quartile, and upper quartile monthly rents paid for a number of bedroom/room categories for Wales as a whole and for individual local authorities in Wales for the 12 months to the end of December 2016.

The information shown in the report is based on information provided to the Welsh Government by individual private landlords and letting agents. The information is based only on transactional data where rent has been paid and excludes cases where housing benefit was known to be in payment.

The statistics presented in the report are based on data which has not been adjusted to produce statistics representative of the private rental property market mix in Wales. Due to variations in the composition of the sample, the resulting simple averages are not comparable across areas or over time.

Key points

  • Over the twelve months from 1 January to 31 December 2016 the lowest median private rental price recorded for properties across Wales was £303.33 per month for a non self-contained single room or bedsit. The highest median private rental price was £750 per month for larger four bedroom properties including houses, bungalows and flats.
  • During 2016, the majority of rents recorded were for 2 and 3 bedroom properties where the median rents were £495 and £550 respectively.
  • At a local authority level, the lowest median rent recorded during 2016 was £249.17 per month for a non self-contained single room in Powys, the highest median rent was £1,020 per month for a large four bedroom property in Cardiff.


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