Vacancy Rates Rise in November

Figures released by SQM Research this week reveal that the number of national residential vacancies rose in November, with rises in most cities and 78,629 rental homes available, giving a national vacancy rate of 2.5%, up from 2.3% in October.

The vacancy rate rose the most in Brisbane, up to 3.3% from 3.0% in October 2016, as the number of rental homes available jumped.


Sydney and Melbourne also recorded vacancy rate rises to 1.9% and 2.1%, respectively, up slightly over the month.

Year-on-year results reveal the national vacancy rate is slightly higher.

Hobart reported the lowest vacancy rate of just 0.6%, though it was up slightly from the previous month while the vacancy rate dropped in Adelaide to 1.9%, bucking the national trend.

Asking rentsproperty data

With vacancy rates up, rents eased slightly in Sydney over the month to December 12, where asking rents for houses sat at $736 a week and $509 for units.

Asking house rents rose in Canberra by 2.7% to $540 a week and $412 for units with a vacancy rate of 1.2%.

The national vacancy rate has risen, which is not uncommon in November as the year winds up.

This has taken pressure off rents in Sydney, though it is still the nation’s most expensive city for tenants. 

Asking rents too have slipped back in Perth with the continued effects of the mining downturn.  

In Brisbane, the vacancy rate has continued to rise in November following a rise in October, and with more unit supply coming onto the market in 2017, the vacancy rate could move even higher in 2017, taking further pressure off rents.

Hobart continues to offer the most affordable house rents at $352 for a house and $304 for a unit, with Adelaide the next most affordable city with rents for houses at $366 and $288 for units a week.

Reflecting its high vacancy rate, Perth has recorded falls in asking rents for houses over the year to December 12 of 11.7%.

LC2Rents, however, have steadied in Darwin, down just 0.7% over the year for houses, with a vacancy rate of 3.4%.


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Louis Christopher


Louis is recognised as one of Australia’s most respected and impartial research property analyst. He has extensive knowledge and experience of property and is regularly quoted in the media on his insights and is director of SQM Research.

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