Most affordable rental areas for self-isolation

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11:37 AM, 8th April 2020
About 6 months ago

Most affordable rental areas for self-isolation

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Most affordable rental areas for self-isolation

Ome, has investigated the most affordable locations across the UK with the lowest population to maximise the chances of successful self-isolation.

Ome looked at the estimated population of every area of the UK coupled with its size to find the number of people populating each square kilometre. Using these figures, they then explored the areas that are home to a population density of 100 people per sq km or less and which were also home to the lowest rental costs.

Ranking these areas provided a list of the most affordable rental locations with the lowest chance of bumping into people during our once-daily outside exercise during the current lockdown.

The research shows that Carmarthenshire is the most affordable rental location for successful self-isolation. The area is home to an estimated population of 187,568 people across 2,370 square kilometres, resulting in a population density of 79 people for every square kilometre. It is also home to an average monthly rent of £458, making it the most affordable of all areas with 100 people or less per square kilometre.

Wales is the place to go for successful self-isolation with Powys the next best option, home to 26 people per sq km and an average rental cost of £462 per month, while Pembrokeshire ranking third with 77 people per sq km and an average monthly rental cost of £471.

Outside of Wales, Fermanagh and Omagh are your next best bet with 41 people per sq km and a rental cost of £482 per month. Dumfries and Galloway are also the best areas for self-isolation in Scotland with a rental cost of £490 per month and just 23 people per sq km.

In England, Copeland, East Lindsey and Allerdale are the best places to successfully self isolate, with the average monthly rents sitting between £511-£517 and between 79 and 93 people per sq km.

In London, population density is far higher making self isolation more difficult, however, Bromley is home to the lowest number of people per sq hm at 2,207. In fact, just three boroughs are home to less than 3,000 people per sq km, the most affordable of which is Havering with the average monthly rent at £1,169. Hillingdon ranks second with rent sitting at £1,270 per month, followed by Bromley at £1,321.

Co-founder of Ome, Matthew Hooker, commented: “The advice from the Government is clear. Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. The areas identified by our research have found the most affordable locations for successful self-isolation and minimal risk of bumping into the small minority of people still flouting the rules.

“Whilst our research is definitely more aspirational than realistic at this present time it may however make for interesting reading for those thinking of moving once the lockdown and COVID-19 are a distant memory. However, for now we must continue to adhere to the Government guidance and stay put!

“During an uncertain time many tenants and landlords have become concerned over the flexibility currently afforded by the private rented sector. Cash flow is now more important than ever and the disruption to our everyday lives caused by the pandemic has highlighted, now more than ever, the need for market choice, transparency and support. As a provider of a deposit replacement scheme it is our responsibility to assist tenants, landlords and agents providing them with the freedom to adjust, adapt and overcome, but to ultimately come out stronger.”

46 areas with less than 100 people per square kilometre sorted from most affordable rent to least affordable
Location Average monthly rent 2019 Population (estimated) Area (sq km) People per sq km
Carmarthenshire £458 187,568 2,370 79
Powys £462 132,447 5,181 26
Pembrokeshire £471 125,055 1,619 77
Fermanagh and Omagh £482 116,835 2,864 41
Gwynedd £488 124,178 2,535 49
Isle of Anglesey £490 69,961 711 98
Dumfries and Galloway £490 148,790 6,427 23
Ceredigion £507 72,992 1,786 41
Copeland £511 68,424 732 93
East Lindsey £513 140,741 1,765 80
Allerdale £517 97,527 1,242 79
Mid Ulster £525 147,392 1,831 80
Causeway Coast and Glens £526 144,246 1,986 73
South Ayrshire £528 112,550 1,222 92
East Ayrshire £528 121,840 1,262 97
Northumberland £539 320,274 5,014 64
Cumbria £543 498,888 6,767 74
West Lindsey £550 94,869 1,156 82
Scottish Borders £552 115,270 4,732 24
Eden £570 52,881 2,142 25
Richmondshire £587 53,244 1,319 40
Argyll and Bute £594 86,260 6,909 12
Craven £605 56,832 1,177 48
Torridge £612 68,143 984 69
Na h-Eileanan Siar £618 26,830 3,059 9
Highland £618 235,540 25,657 9
Shetland Islands £618 22,990 1,468 16
Orkney Islands £618 22,190 989 22
Perth and Kinross £624 151,290 5,286 29
Shropshire £628 320,274 3,197 100
Herefordshire £631 192,107 2,180 88
Hambleton £635 91,134 1,311 70
North Devon £637 96,110 1,086 88
Ryedale £641 54,920 1,507 36
Angus £660 116,040 2,182 53
Stirling £677 94,330 2,187 43
West Devon £679 55,528 1,160 48
Mid Devon £683 81,695 913 89
North Yorkshire £686 614,505 8,038 76
South Lakeland £687 104,532 1,534 68
Derbyshire Dales £703 71,977 792 91
Aberdeenshire £735 261,470 6,313 41
Moray £735 95,520 2,238 43
Scotland £748 5,438,100 77,911 70
South Hams £776 86,221 886 97
Cotswold £956 89,022 1,165 76

 

London boroughs sorted by the least number of people per square kilometre
London boroughs Average monthly rent 2019 Population (estimated) Area (sq km) People per sq km
Bromley £1,321 331,096 150 2,207
Havering £1,169 257,810 112 2,302
Hillingdon £1,270 304,824 116 2,628
City of London £2,446 8,706 3 2,902
Richmond upon Thames £1,857 196,904 57 3,454
Bexley £1,106 247,258 61 4,053
Enfield £1,310 333,869 81 4,122
Croydon £1,136 385,346 86 4,481
Barnet £1,523 392,140 87 4,507
Sutton £1,167 204,525 44 4,648
Kingston upon Thames £1,390 175,470 37 4,742
Hounslow £1,432 270,782 56 4,835
Harrow £1,407 250,149 50 5,003
Merton £1,530 206,186 38 5,426
Redbridge £1,318 303,858 56 5,426
Barking and Dagenham £1,194 211,998 36 5,889
Greenwich £1,404 286,186 47 6,089
Ealing £1,463 341,982 56 6,107
Waltham Forest £1,309 276,700 39 7,095
Brent £1,535 330,795 43 7,693
Lewisham £1,324 303,536 35 8,672
Haringey £1,558 270,624 30 9,021
Wandsworth £1,883 326,474 34 9,602
Newham £1,424 352,005 36 9,778
Southwark £1,654 317,256 29 10,940
Hammersmith and Fulham £2,117 185,426 16 11,589
Camden £2,536 262,226 22 11,919
Lambeth £1,754 325,917 27 12,071
City of Westminster £3,018 255,324 21 12,158
Kensington And Chelsea £3,053 156,197 12 13,016
Hackney £1,834 279,665 19 14,719
Tower Hamlets £1,803 317,705 20 15,885
Islington £1,914 239,142 15 15,943

 

Sources:
Population estimates ONS
Average rents
Eng ONS
Scot Gov.scot
Wal Gov.wales
NI Nihe.gov

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Dave Driver

11:00 AM, 9th April 2020
About 6 months ago

Isn't this rather a ridiculous article? You have to isolate where you live, you can't choose to go to a second home or anywhere else. It's the rules.

Chris Novice Shark Bait

13:29 PM, 9th April 2020
About 6 months ago

Aspirational rather than realistic. Interesting none the less. Just grateful at the moment I live in East Lindsey. Only bit of good news in last 4 years apart from interest rate cuts. My daughter is in London and for the 1st time in years asked if she could come home in a tongue in cheek way. We may yet see regional differences in peak numbers and yes we all have to stay put and do our bit wherever we are. Those with second homes behave.


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