For many Londoners struggling to get a foothold in the burgeoning property market, waking up to the news that property prices have risen again will feel like groundhog day. The likelihood of owning your own home is becoming an ever more distant dream for too many Londoners.
– Tom Copley, Labour member of the London Assembly
People are crying out for serious leadership on housing in London. Boris Johnson has utterly failed in this regard over the past six years of his Mayoralty. A key driver for the soaring property market is the fact that on his watch London is currently only building a third of the 62,000 new homes we need each year to keep pace with our growing city.
The annual increase for London house prices is the sharpest since records began in 2002.
– Office for National Statistics
House prices are increasingly strong across most parts of the UK, with prices in London again showing the highest growth.
- Prices rose by 9.6% in the South East
- 8.6% in the East
- Outside London and the South East, annual price increases averaged 6.4%
House prices in London rose by a record annual rate of 20.1% in May, according to the Office for National Statistics. It means the average home in the capital now costs £492,000, compared to £262,000 across the rest of England and Wales.