Vacancy Rates are dropping around Australia

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Nationally, vacancy rates slipped in January to 1.9 per cent, the lowest vacancy rate since March 2020, prior to the pandemic according to Domain.

National Vacancy Rates

Dr Nicola Powell, Senior Research Analyst for Domain, commented:

It is typical for the rental market to tighten in January following a seasonal boost of supply over December.

…Every capital city saw a fall in the vacancy rate from December to January.

All capital cities have tighter rental markets than at the same time last year, except Melbourne and Sydney. Melbourne’s vacancy rate is more than double last year’s while Sydney’s remains steady annually, following a COVID-induced bounce during 2020.

Strong exposure to international border closures in Melbourne and Sydney will ensure significantly less demand for rentals for the foreseeable future, at least until international border restrictions are lifted.

Highest Vacancy Rate by State

The regions in Australia with the highest vacancy rates continue to be isolated in Melbourne and inner-city regions built up predominantly with apartments.

Highest  vacancy rates across greater capital city areas – January 2021
Rank Sydney Melbourne Brisbane & Gold Coast Perth Adelaide
1 Parramatta, 4.8% Melbourne City, 11.8% Brisbane – Inner, 4.3% Perth City, 1.4% Adelaide City, 5.0%
2 Auburn, 4.2% Stonnington – West, 8.3% Sherwood – Indooroopilly, 4.3% Cottesloe – Claremont, 1.1% Holdfast Bay, 0.8%
3 Strathfield – Burwood – Ashfield, 4.1% Stonnington – East, 8.1% Brisbane Inner West, 3.6% South Perth, 1.1% Norwood – Payneham – St Peters, 0.8%
4 Pennant Hills – Epping, 3.8% Whitehorse – West, 7.6% Nathan, 2.7% Canning, 1.0% Prospect – Walkerville, 0.7%
5 Hornsby, 3.8% Boroondara, 6.5% Mt Gravatt, 2.5% Belmont -Victoria Park, 0.8% Burnside, 0.6%
Source: Domain
Note: The vacancy rate represents the portion of available, empty rental properties relative to the total stock of rental property. The rental vacancy rate is based on adjusted Domain rental listings and will be subject to slight revisions over time.
Source: Domain

Lowest vacancy rates

The most tightly held regions in Australia continue to be scattered across smaller capital cities and lifestyle regions.

Lowest  vacancy rates across capital city areas – January 2021
Rank Sydney Melbourne Brisbane & Gold Coast Perth Adelaide
1 Wyong, 0.3% Mornington Peninsula, 0.3% Nerang, 0.2% Wanneroo, 0.2% Marion, 0.2%
2 Camden, 0.3% Yarra Ranges, 0.4% Coolangatta, 0.2% Kwinana, 0.3% Port Adelaide – East, 0.2%
3 Gosford, 0.4% Cardinia, 0.5% Caboolture Hinterland, 0.3% Stirling, 0.4% Gawler – Two Wells, 0.2%
4 Blue Mountains, 0.5% Nillumbik – Kinglake, 0.5% Broadbeach – Burleigh, 0.3% Swan, 0.4% Tea Tree Gully, 0.2%
5 Richmond – Windsor, 0.6% Casey – South, 0.7% Strathpine, 0.4% Gosnells, 0.4% Playford, 0.3%
Source: Domain
Note: The vacancy rate represents the portion of available, empty rental properties relative to the total stock of rental property. The rental vacancy rate is based on adjusted Domain rental listings and will be subject to slight revisions over time.
 Source: Domain
At Metropole Property Management we have noticed a significant increase in rental enquiries at our offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and many properties that have been sitting vacant for a while have now been leased. Metropole Team
While there is a shortage of good houses for lease, prospective tenants for apartments are finding they have a greater choice and are being very selective.
This means landlords need to present their properties in their best light and be realistic with the asking rents.
As Metropole specialises in property management our vacancy rates are considerably below the market average, our tenants stay an average of 2 years and our properties lease 10 days faster than the market average.
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