Rent for a one bedroom dwelling as a percentage of gross pay by London borough (2019/20)
In every London borough the average rent for a one-bedroom house or flat on the private market is at least 30% of median pre-tax pay in London. The average across the capital is that a one-bedroom dwelling cost the equivalent of almost half (46.4%) the gross-median pay in London.
The least affordable boroughs are Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea in the centre of London, requiring over three-quarters of the median pay (79.3% and 75.2% respectively) to rent a one-bedroom house or flat. Outer London boroughs including Havering, Bexley and Sutton have the lowest average rents of between 32% and 35% of earnings. In England as a whole, the average one-bedroom property is less than a quarter (24.1%) of average earnings.