Rent in Walthamstow is growing faster than almost anywhere else in the country, according to a new study.

Costs for non-homeowners trying to keep a roof over their heads in the area has surged by 52 per cent in the past decade, property website Rightmove found.

The average home in Walthamstow now costs £1,393 per month to rent, up from the £916 it would have set renters back in 2008.

The hike is one of the steepest in London and the UK as a whole, with only seven other areas nationwide seeing sharper increases in rent prices.

Hackney topped the list, with a 63 per cent spike, while areas of outer east London such as Dagenham and Rainham have also seen rents rise by more than 50 per cent.

Rightmove housing market analyst, Miles Shipside, said: "A look at the first few months of this year shows the usual seasonal trend of asking rents falling slightly compared to the last quarter of last year, but we're likely see a rise again next quarter.

"London asking rents remain flat compared to this time last year, a sign that we are highly unlikely to see the same big increases over the next 10 years that we've seen in some areas in the capital over the previous 10 years."