The cost of renting a property in a city centre is rising as office workers, students and international residents return.

The renters taking on a new let were paying £62 more a month than they did pre-pandemic.

This higher demand is set to ease in the coming months, in part owing to the rising cost of living facing renters.

Another survey suggests interest in new office space has risen in recent weeks.

The number of properties available had been curtailed by existing renters staying put.

Together, this has meant a rise in rent for new lets, up 8.3% in the final quarter of 2021 compared with the same period a year earlier. A typical monthly rent in the UK rose by £62 per month to £969.

This increase in rent was seen across most major cities including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester.