As the cost-of-living crisis continues, renters are facing the possibility of increased rental costs.

But with rent costs differing considerably across the eastern region, which areas spend the most on rent? 

Alan Boswell, of Landlord Building Insurance experts, used data from the Office for National Statistics to investigate which UK regions are spending the most and least on rent by calculating the proportion of income spent on rent.

St Albans is among the top 10 areas that spend the most.

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According to the data, the average renter in the east of England will spend 36.8 per cent of their wages on rent, putting them at the higher end. 

Herts Advertiser: St Albans is in the top 10 areas to spend most on their rent.St Albans is in the top 10 areas to spend most on their rent. (Image: Alan Boswell)

On average, renters in St Albans are spending a little under half their salary on rent, (43.76 per cent) making it the ninth highest in the eastern region.        

St Albans renters receive an average weekly income of £685.50, while the average weekly amount spent on rent is £300.


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On the other hand, Great Yarmouth residents are spending 28.87 per cent of income on rent – the lowest in the east region.

Compared to other UK countries, renting in England costs the most at 34.1 per cent.