Rental growth in Wales and the east of England has overtaken London, the latest Your Move Buy to Let Index has revealed.
The data shows Wales was home to the biggest rent rises in the 12 months to April, increasing 8.5% to £602 per calendar month.
Changes in tax charged to landlords could see a sharp rise in rental costs, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
There were more first time buyers looking for homes last year than at any time since the financial crash of 2007, according to research by the Halifax.
Homes numbered 13 worth £9000 less than similar home, according to new research.
Buy to let borrowing down by a quarter on two years ago
Property prices increased by 6% in November compared to the same time last year, according to Halifax.
The number of houses sold for more than £1 million is on the up, according to Lloyds Bank.
The average UK house price rose by 1.4% in October the Halifax has reported, defying the signs of a slowdown seen in the past six months.