UK house prices fell at the fastest pace since April last month, figures from mortgage lender Halifax showed on Friday, six months before Britain is due to leave the European Union. 

House prices in the UK dropped 1.4% on the month in September after a 0.2% fall in August, a bigger drop than forecast by any of the economists in a Reuters poll. 

Compared with a year earlier, prices rose 2.5% compared to a gain of 3.7% in August, again below all forecasts.

However Halifax said this was still at the high end of its prediction for 2018 price growth. 

"A low supply of new homes and existing properties for sale, combined with historically low mortgage rates and a high employment rate, continue to support house prices," Halifax managing director Russell Galley said.

Figures from rival mortgage lender Nationwide earlier this week showed 2% annual price growth and a 0.3%monthly rise.

Office for National Statistics data showed house prices rose 3.1% in the year to July, the smallest rise since August 2013, while prices in London fell by the most since September 2009. 

On Sunday, Prime Minister Theresa May said she planned to increase taxes on foreign residents buying British housing.