The gap between typical City rents and Country rents is closing according to an analysis of Countrywide properties by the company’s upmarket Hamptons International brand.

In October the average cost of a newly let property in Great Britain as a whole rose to £1,041 pcm, up 1.4 per cent on the same month last year.

This is the first annual increase since March 2020 but unlike last year, it is properties in the countryside rather than urban areas driving rental growth.