Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 2.6% in the 12 months to March 2016, unchanged when compared with the year to February 2016.
The figures from the private housing rental index from the Office of National Statistics also show that rental prices grew by 2.8% in England, 0.2% in Wales and 0.6% in Scotland.
Rental prices increased in all the English regions over the year to March 2016, with rental prices increasing the most in London at 3.7%.
Since January 2011 England rental prices have increased more than those of Wales and Scotland. The annual rate of change for Wales at 0.2% continues to be below that of England and the Great Britain average while rental growth in Scotland has gradually slowed to 0.6% in the year to March 2016, from a high of 2.1% in the year to June 2015.
Private rental prices in England show three distinct periods with rental price increases from January 2005 until February 2009, rental price decreases from July 2009 to February 2010, and increasing rental prices from May 2010 onwards. When London is excluded, England shows a similar pattern but with slower rental price increases from around the end of 2010.
Since the beginning of 2012, English rental prices have shown annual increases ranging between 1.4% and 3% year on year, with March 2016 rental prices being 2.8% higher than March 2015 rental prices. Excluding London, England showed an increase of 2.1% for the same period.
In the 12 months to March 2016, private rental prices increased in each of the nine English regions. The largest annual rental price increases were in London at 3.7%, down from 3.8% in February 2016, followed by the East at 3% and the South East at 2.9%, both unchanged over the same period. Annual price increases have been stronger in London than the rest of England since November 2010.
The lowest annual rental price increases were in the North East at 0.8% down from 0.9% in February 2016, followed by the North West at 1.1%, up from 1% and Yorkshire and the Humber at 1.2%, down from 1.3% over the same period.