Rents across the UK are rising at the fastest pace since 2008 as strong demand outstrips supply, according to Zoopla.

Private sector rents in September were 4.6% higher than a year earlier, at £968 a month on average, marking the strongest growth in 13 years.

Excluding London, rents across the UK were up by 6% annually. Rents grew fastest in the South West – by 9% annually.