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Top 20 most expensive areas to rent in Britain... that aren't London

There has been a 4.6% rise in rents outside of London, in the last year

Sophie McIntyre
Friday 01 May 2015 13:19 BST
A 'To Let' letting sign is seen displayed outside a rental property
A 'To Let' letting sign is seen displayed outside a rental property (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The London commuter belt dominates a new list of the most expensive places to rent outside London.

Rightmove has put together analysis of rental asking prices from the last year on its site, as prices reach record highs.

Esher came top of the list, with a two-bed property coming in at nearly £2,000 a month - a rise of 4.1 per cent on last year.

Rents for Esher and Oxford, the next most expensive on the list, averaged more than the outer-London average of £1,493 a month.

According to Sam Mitchell, Head of lettings at Rightmove: “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."

The online estate agent reports that it has passed on 73 per cent more email inquiries from house-hunters to landlords this year than last.

There has been a 4.6 per cent rise in two-bedroom property rents, outside of London, in the last year.

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