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Cost of Renting a Home Still Rising

Cost of Renting a Home Still Rising
Rental prices in Spain grew 0.9% in Q3

Cost of renting in Spain grew 0.9% in Q3

At the end of the third quarter of 2019, the average cost of renting a home in Spain was 10.9 euros per square metre per month, a quarterly increase of 0.9%. When comparing to the same period last year prices have increased by 5.2%, according to a report from idealista. Rents in the two large markets of Madrid (+2.2%) and Barcelona (+1%) continue to increase on a quarterly basis due to lack of supply.

Fernando Encinar, head of studies at idealista, says “the data shows that both Madrid and Barcelona, the cities with the greatest mismatch between supply and demand, have risen again for the second consecutive quarter, while in the rest of the country where there are no tensions, prices have remained stable or even fallen.”

Prices in Autonomous Communities

Over the summer months rental prices fell in six communities. The biggest drop was in the Balearic Islands where prices fell by 9.8% when compared to the previous quarter. This was followed by falls in Extremadura (-3.4%) and Castilla y León (-1%). The average cost per square metre per month in Andalusia fell by 0.3% to 8.2 €/m². However, year-on-year prices in Andalusia increased 5.6%.

Madrid and Catalunya are the most expensive communities to rent a home (with 15.1 euros p/m² and 14.5 euros p/m² respectively). They are followed by the Balearic Islands (12.6 euros p/m²), Euskadi (11.7 euros p/m²) and the Canary Islands (10 euros p/m²).

The cheapest communities to rent a property are Extremadura (5 euros p/m²), Castilla La Mancha (5.3 euros p/m²) and La Rioja (6.4 euros p/m²).


19 provinces saw prices fall over the last 3 months. The biggest decrease in rental prices is that experienced in Ourense, where owners now ask for 10.6% less for renting their homes. This is followed by falls in the Balearic Islands (-9.8%), Cuenca (-6.4%), Badajoz (-4.1%) and Huelva (-3.8%).

The biggest increases in rental prices were seen in the province of Lugo, with an increase of 5.9%. Then there are Segovia (4.9%), Jaén (4.9%), Alicante and Ávila (4.7% in both cases). In the province of Lleida, the massive incorporation of temporary rental homes in the Baqueira area has caused an unusual increase which is without statistical value during this quarter (19.7%).

The ranking of the most expensive provinces is headed by Barcelona (15.3 euros p/m² per month), Madrid (15.1 euros p/m²) and Guipúzcoa (13.4 euros p/m²). Cuenca is the most economical province to rent a home, with 4.7 euros p/m² per month. It is followed by Cáceres (4.8 euros p/m²), Jaén (4.8 euros p/m²), Ciudad Real, Zamora, Teruel and Ourense (4.9 euros p/m² in all four cases).

The average cost per square metre in Malaga is 9.4 euros per month. This is 0.3% higher than the previous quarter. On an annual basis the variation is +1.4%.