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Published on April 30, 2024
Relief for Renters: U.S. Tenants Catch a Break with Eighth Month of Dipping RatesSource: Thomas R Machnitzki ([email protected]), CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Tenants across the U.S. are seeing some financial reprieve as rent prices continue to drop, marking the eighth month of decreases. Despite ongoing inflation concerns, the average rent declined by 0.3% year-over-year in March, reported The nationwide median rent now sits at $1,722, just $36 shy of its peak in August 2022 but still a noticeable $313 bump from March 2019 figures, Mansion Global reported.

Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at, cited, "Rising shelter costs have been a major driver of overall inflation, a top concern for the Fed as it meets this week." Hale points out that while rent decreases are a welcome change for many, the underlying economic pressures will likely persist. Interest rates remain high, potentially pushing more would-be buyers into the rental market and keeping the demand for rental units elevated, according to a statement obtained by ABC 27.

Among the largest declines, the Austin-Round Rock area in Texas experienced the biggest drop of 4.7%, lowering its median rent to $1,531. Meanwhile, Memphis, Tennessee, isn't far behind, seeing rent slide by 4.4% to a median of $1,258, WREG reports. The South, in particular, has witnessed more significant rent reductions due to a surge of new housing units, with cities like Atlanta, Miami, and Nashville also registering noticeable decreases.

The West and Northeast, however, tell a different story, with rents in some areas actually on the incline. According to, the median asking rent in the West experienced a modest rise of 0.4%, marking the first annual increase after a streak of consecutive monthly declines. This uptick is partially attributed to high housing prices and mortgage rates deterring potential first-time buyers, compelling them to rent instead of purchasing — ultimately pushing rental costs upward in cities like San Diego and Los Angeles. On the opposite coast, Northeastern cities such as New York and Boston continued to see rent growth, with the labor market remaining relatively robust and the demand for rentals surpassing supply, according to ABC 27.

The report from further detailed that studio apartments saw the most dramatic price drop in rent, decreasing by 1.4% compared to last year. On the other hand, the median rents for one-bedroom and two-bedroom units declined much less steeply, hinting that these types of accommodations may offer a middle ground for those looking to balance apartment size with affordability during these fluctuating economic times.

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