09/03/2015 12:09 GMT | Updated 09/03/2015 12:59 GMT

Complaints About House Prices Up By 8% In A Year

Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 27/01/14 of for sale signs displayed outside houses in Finsbury Park, North London. House prices surged by 8.8\% year-on-year in January as they continued to increase at their fastest pace since 2010, Nationwide has reported.

Complaints about the rising cost of housing are on the rise, new figures show.

The number of people complaining about house prices is up 8% year on year, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

However, complaints in London - where the average property price is £458k, compared to £179k across England and Wales - are up by 17%.

"There's never been a better time to get on the dinner party circuit," one property expert told HuffPost UK Comedy. "Complaints about not being able to get on the housing ladder are soaring, especially in the South East."

There were warnings, however, for first-time complainers. "Their market could go into decline if Labour win the general election, given their commitment to affordable housing," the expert told us.

Complaints are up by 8% on average - but 17% in London