Brighton has been ranked among the top five most expensive seaside locations in the UK for renters, according to data from Rightmove.

The property site's analysis reveals the latest trends by the coast, where homeowners and renters will be enjoying many warm summer days over the next couple of months.

For its section on the most expensive seaside locations for renters, Brighton came fourth, with the average asking rent per calendar month equating to £1,870.

Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs in Dorset took first and second place in this category respectively, with the average rent being £2,732 and £2,568.

Meanwhile, third place went to another Sussex location in Shoreham-by-Sea, which was just 1p more expensive than Brighton at £1,871 per month on average.

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Rounding out the top five was another Dorset spot in Poole, which was £1,678 per month on average.

Most expensive seaside location for buyers

Sandbanks was also the most expensive seaside location for buyers, with an average asking price of £2,028,948.

No Sussex spots were to be found in that top five with Canford Cliffs coming second, Milford-on-Sea and Barton-on-Sea in Hampshire finishing third and fourth, and Padstow in Cornwall came fifth.

Meanwhile, for buyers at the start of their journey and searching for where they might want to live, Sandown in the Isle of Wight is the new hotspot, with searches for homes available for sale up by 34% compared to last year.

Preston in Devon is second on the list of buyer search hotspots, with searches jumping by 20% compared to last year, and Gourock in Renfrewshire is third (+13%).

Rightmove’s property expert Tim Bannister said: “The significant increase in interest for coastal areas during the pandemic continues to influence many buyer and renter choices for where to live today, particularly with flexible working further away from traditional cities now more of an option for many people.”