Rents, a Key Component of CPI, Begin to Ease

Median monthly rents fell in October, easing pressure on inflation in the U.S.

Apartment for Rent, Brooklyn, NYC
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Rents make up an outsized portion of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and have contributed to decades-high inflation levels this year. Overall, shelter makes up about 32% of the index. However, rents are finally dropping, according to a new report from

According to the site, median monthly rents fell in October, hitting $1,747 nationally. Median rents were down about $25 a month from September and $47 from their peak in July. While rental prices were still up 4.7% year-over-year, October had the lowest jump in rental prices in 18 months.

Rents went up the most for studio apartments, rising 6.7% from a year ago. They were up 4.5% for one-bedroom apartments, and rose 3.7% for two-bedroom apartments.

However, most landlords plan to increase rents on at least one of their units within the next year, according to Nearly 70% of renters surveyed are considering moving to cut costs, hoping to save about $200 per month.

Rent Component of CPI (October 2021-2022)
St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.
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  1. "October Rental Report"

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