Annual Sydney rents fell the biggest amount in 15 years: Domain

Annual Sydney rents fell the biggest amount in 15 years: Domain
Annual Sydney rents fell the biggest amount in 15 years: Domain

Rental prices for Sydney houses and units fell over the June quarter and are down year-on-year, the recorded fall broke a 15 year record for annual rental prices in Sydney, according to Domain's latest quarterly rental report.

Sydney unit rents fell by 0.9 per cent in the quarter and 4.5 per cent over the year. Despite this fall, Sydney remains the most expensive capital city to rent a unit by a significant margin. Ongoing strong construction of new housing has weighed on rents, and also contributed to the vacancy rate increasing to 3.2 per cent in June, up from 2.4 per cent one year ago.

Rents held up the best on the Central Coast and on Sydney's north shore, but fell in other Sydney regions. Due to significant property price falls over the past year, rental yields have risen slightly in Sydney.

Domain found, despite experiencing a fall in rental prices, Canberra remains the nation's most expensive capital to rent a house, followed by Sydney. Canberra unit rents have grown 18 per cent over the past three years, despite an apartment construction boom.

Weekly rents for houses in Darwin have now fallen from $700 in 2014 to $490, while Darwin unit rental prices have dropped over the past five years from $570 to $385.

Perth remains the most affordable capital city to rent a house in Australia.

Annual Sydney rents fell the biggest amount in 15 years: Domain

Melbourne

Domain said, "Melbourne house rents fell 2 per cent in the June quarter, but remained unchanged over the year at $430 per week, while unit rents increased by 2.4 per cent over the year. Rent on a typical unit has grown 14 per cent over the past five years to $420,  despite the city's biggest apartment construction boom occurring during this time."

:House rents also increased 13 per cent during this timeframe."

"Strong population growth, which has averaged 2.6 per cent a year since 2013, has created ongoing demand for rental properties. Melbourne's vacancy rate remains low, but has increased to 1.7 per cent from 1.3 per cent a year ago."

"Over the past year, house rents grew fastest in the Mornington Peninsula and in Melbourne's inner-south, but were unchanged in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Rents grew by more than 5 per cent in most regional cities over the past year."

"Rental yields have risen for houses and units due to significant price falls over the past year."

Brisbane 

Domain researchers said, "rental prices for houses in the Greater Brisbane region fell in the June quarter but remained unchanged year-on-year."

"Unit rental prices were unchanged over the quarter but grew by 2.7 per cent over the year."

"The typical house is now rented at $400 per week and a typical unit $380 per week."

"Unit rentals have held up well in recent years, even as a large supply of new apartments have been built." 

"Brisbane's rental vacancy rate fell from 2.6 per cent to 2.2 per cent over the past year, which is a sign of a strengthening rental market."

"House rents were steady in most parts of Brisbane over the past 12 months, but unit rents increase 6 per cent in the inner city."

"House and unit rents grew by about 2 per cent on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast."

"Rental yields for Brisbane units have risen slightly due to prices falling over the past year, whereas yields for houses have been steady."

Adelaide

According to the report, "house rents in Adelaide fell 1 per cent in the June quarter, but increased by 2.7 per cent over the year. Unit rents increased by 1.7 per cent over the year."

"The typical unit in Adelaide rents for $305 per week, which is the cheapest across all capital cities."

"Adelaide's vacancy rate remains low, and has declined to 1 per cent from 1.2 per cent a year ago."

"Rents increased modestly in most parts of Adelaide, but in the north of the city house and unit rents remained flat."

"Rental yields have risen modestly for units, but yields for houses have been steady."

Perth

Domain experts wrote, "Rental prices for both Perth houses and units have increased over the past year."

"House rents increased by 4.3 per cent over the year to $365 per week, which is $15 above the low points reached in 2017 and 2018."

"Nonetheless, Perth is still the most affordable capital to rent a house. Unit rents increased by 3.3 per cent in the quarter to reach $310, the highest since 2016."

"Over the past 12 months, rents for houses and units increased in all areas of Perth, except for the south east."

"In another sign of a strengthening rental market, Perth's rental vacancy rate has declined from 3.8 per cent to 3 per cent over the past year. Perth's rental market is rebounding off the back of an improving Western Australian economy and a pick-up in population growth."

"Rental yields have risen for Perth houses and units due to price falls over the past year and rents rising."

Hobart

Domain analysts stated, "Hobart's rental market is under significant pressure. House rents increased by 9.8 per cent over the year, and unit rents increased by 5.6 per cent."

"House rents have now increased from $350 to $450 per week since 2016 (a 30 per cent rise), while units have jumped $80 to $380. Hobart's rental vacancy rate also remains extremely low, at only 0.4 per cent in June 2019 (this means there were only an estimated 110 vacant properties in Hobart on June 30)."

"Despite the rapid growth in rents, Hobart still remains quite affordable compared to other capital cities. New housing construction is increasing -- Tasmanian building approvals are 26 per cent higher than the previous year -- which should help slow rental price growth in the coming year."

"Rents increased strongly in all parts of Hobart over the past year, but particularly in the south and west parts of the city. Launceston rents also grew by 10 per cent in the past 12 months."

"Due to strong property price growth, rental yields only increased modestly for houses and were steady for units."

Canberra

Domain said, "Canberra has retained the title as the most expensive capital city to rent a house."

"Canberra house rents fell 3.5 per cent in the June quarter, but were unchanged over the year at $550 per week, while unit rents increased by 4.4 per cent over the year and now sit at $470."

"Unit rents have now grown 18 per cent over the past three years, which has occurred despite Canberra's ongoing apartment construction boom."

"Strong population growth, which has averaged 2 per cent a year for the past two years, has created ongoing demand for rental properties. Canberra's rental vacancy rate remains low, but has increased over the past year to 1.3 per cent (from 0.8 per cent)."

"Rents increased in all Canberra districts over the past year, except for house rents in North Canberra, which fell slightly."

"Rental yields for Canberra houses and units have risen modestly due to prices falling over the past year."

Darwin

In regards to Darwin, Domain experts stated, "Darwin house rents fell by 2 per cent over the past year, while unit rents fell by 3.8 per cent."

"Weekly house rents have now fallen from $700 in 2014 to $490, while units have dropped from $570 to $385."

"Following strong population growth during the mining boom, Darwin's population has declined, which has meant less demand for rental properties."

"Darwin's vacancy rate has fallen recently, but remains elevated at 3.5 per cent."

"Rental yields have fallen for houses but remained steady for units."

Key findings from Domain's Q2 Rental Report:

Houses

  • Despite experiencing a fall in rental prices, Canberra remains the nation's most expensive capital to rent a house, followed by Sydney. 
  • Rental prices for houses in the Greater Brisbane region fell in the June quarter, but remained unchanged year-on-year.
  • It is more expensive to rent a house in Hobart than Melbourne. Hobart remains the fourth most expensive city to rent a house behind Canberra, Sydney and Darwin.
  • Weekly rents for houses in Darwin have now fallen from $700 in 2014 to $490, reflecting less demand as the city’s population decreases.
  • Adelaide house rents continued to rise in the June quarter, with gross yields remaining steady.
  • Perth remains the most affordable capital city to rent a house in Australia.

Units

  • Sydney remains the most expensive capital city to rent a unit, despite prices falling by almost 5 per cent over the year.
  • Melbourne house rents remained unchanged over the year at $430 per week, while unit rents increased 2.4 per cent over the year. 
  • Brisbane unit rents increased by 6 per cent in the inner city, and by 2 per cent on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.
  • While Adelaide unit rents have increased by 1.7 per cent over the year, the typical unit rents for $305 per week, making it the cheapest across all capital cities.
  • Canberra unit rents have grown 18 per cent over the past three years, despite an apartment construction boom.
  • Darwin unit rental prices have dropped over the past five years from $570 to $385.
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