Rent: It is going up, unsurprisingly
In 'is the Pope catholic?' news, a new survey has found that the cost of renting a home in England and Wales has gone up by 3% over the course of 2014. The average cost of rent, per month, is apparently £767 a month, up from 2013's £745, according to LSL Property Services.
"Recent months have shown a divergence from usual seasonal norms. Historically, there is a tendency for rents to ease in the winter, particularly December," said Adrian Gill, director of LSL.
Rents fell slightly over Christmas, but not by a great deal.
"With fewer tenants willing to relocate in the festive period, landlords usually compete to fill empty properties and agreed rents tend to dip as a result. Last month that happened - and rents fell compared to November - but by much less than the usual extent."
On the rise, was the proportion of tenants in arrears in December and the stats are showing that the cost of renting rose in eight out of 10 regions in England and Wales throughout 2014, unless you live in the North East of England, or the South West of England.
If you're looking at moving, while renting, then the BBC have a lovely calculator thing, where you can find out the places you can't afford to live.