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Sharpest increase in private rent prices in London

Sharpest increase in private rental prices are in London Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Private sector tenants are facing the steepest increases to their rents seen in more than a year and a half, according to Office for National Statistics figures.

Across Britain, private rental prices paid by tenants increased by 2.1% in the 12 months to March; the fastest annual rate of increase recorded since August 2013 - and within England, the sharpest annual rate of price growth was in London, at 3.2%.