London renting more affordable than Lisbon, Valletta and Dublin

London renting more affordable than Lisbon, Valletta and Dublin

9:57 AM, 17th March 2020, About 3 years ago

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Research by the international rental marketplace, Spotahome, has revealed that Lisbon, Valletta and Dublin rank higher than London for relative rental unaffordability. Looking at the average net salary available in London, as well as the average cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment, highlighting what percentage of salary is required to cover the cost of renting.

Spotahome then looked at how this rent to income ratio compared to other capital cities across the 27 European Union member states to see where was the most and least affordable.

Good news (ish) for London

It’s not uncommon about how hard it is to rent in London and with the average tenant spending 68.1% of their income on rent, it certainly isn’t affordable. However, it could be worse.

The average rent in Lisbon is currently £799 per month and while this is some £965 more affordable when compared to London, the average net salary is just £988 per month to that of £2,590 in the capital. As a result, renters in Lisbon are spending a huge 80.9% of their salary on the cost of renting each month, making it the most expensive capital city for renting across the UK and EU.

With an average rent of £748 per month accounting for 75.9% of the average salary (£986), Malta’s capital Valletta is the second least affordable when it comes to the rent to income ratio.

Closer to home, Dublin ranks third with 69.9% of the average salary required to cover the cost of renting.

Prague, Warsaw, Rome and Budapest were also home to rent to income ratios of over 60%.

With an average rent of just £732 and an impressive average wage of £2,038, Brussels is the most affordable EU capital for European renters, with only 35.9% of income required to cover the cost of a one-bedroom rental property on a monthly basis.

James Kirimy, GM for Spotahome UK and Ireland, commented: “London is often considered the most expensive place to rent across the UK and Europe and for a good reason. The city is home to the highest average rental costs of all capital cities in the UK and the European Union. However, it’s also home to one of the highest average salaries and this higher earning potential means that while still expensive, it isn’t the most unaffordable city to rent in.

“Of course, the trick to relocating to any major city is a bit of local knowledge, and while London rents are high, there are plenty of pockets where you can rent for less while still earning a great wage, reducing the percentage of income spent on putting a roof over your head in the process.”

Average rental data based on the cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre per month. Average salary based on the average net earnings available in each capital city. Source: Numbeo.

UK & EU capital cities ranked by rent as a proportion of salary
City Nation Average rent Average net salary Rent as a proportion of net monthly salary
Lisbon Portugal £799 £988 80.90%
Valletta Malta £748 £986 75.90%
Dublin Ireland £1,500 £2,146 69.90%
London United Kingdom £1,764 £2,590 68.10%
Prague Czech Republic £710 £1,049 67.70%
Warsaw Poland £567 £846 67.00%
Rome Italy £848 £1,300 65.20%
Budapest Hungary £437 £673 64.90%
Bucharest Romania £366 £611 59.90%
Madrid Spain £843 £1,436 58.70%
Bratislava Slovakia £551 £944 58.30%
Amsterdam Netherlands £1,389 £2,407 57.70%
Sofia Bulgaria £333 £629 52.90%
Vilnius Lithuania £430 £815 52.80%
Zagreb Croatia £415 £786 52.80%
Paris France £1,043 £2,028 51.50%
Ljubljana Slovenia £522 £1,028 50.80%
Athens Greece £345 £685 50.30%
Stockholm Sweden £1,073 £2,171 49.40%
Riga Latvia £358 £724 49.40%
Nicosia Cyprus £448 £995 45.00%
Tallinn Estonia £476 £1,064 44.70%
Vienna Austria £762 £1,732 44.00%
Luxembourg Luxembourg £1,360 £3,135 43.40%
Copenhagen Denmark £1,123 £2,599 43.20%
Helsinki Finland £871 £2,129 40.90%
Berlin Germany £810 £2,115 38.30%
Brussels Belgium £732 £2,038 35.90%

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