Sydney rental property availability could hit crisis point according to the REINSW | George Raptis

Vacancy rates across Sydney are verging on crisis levels, according to data released by the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales.

The March 2014 REINSW Vacancy Rate Survey saw the number of properties for rent across Sydney drop 0.3 per cent at 1.4 per cent.

These figures are bad news for tenants who have little choice in accommodation and will be faced with rising rentals in what is currently a landlord’s market.

REINSW President Malcolm Gunning said.

“We haven’t seen vacancy rates right across Sydney this low since November 2011, Sydney is going backwards in regard to properties available for rent. Something must be done to ensure that there is a greater level of choice for those seeking to secure a rental property in Australia’s biggest city.”

The chart below shows that Inner Sydney vacancy rates fell 0.2 per cent, the lowest across the metropolitan area, to 1.3 per cent.

Middle and outer suburbs declined 0.4 per cent and 0.1 per cent respectively to 1.6 per cent and 1.5 per cent.

NSW Vacancy rates


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George Raptis


George is a Director of Metropole Property Strategists in Sydney. He shares his 27 years of experience in the property industry as a licensed estate agent and active property investor to help create wealth for his clients.

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