Sydney rents hit hardest in the city and eastern suburbs: Domain

Staff reporterJuly 8, 20200 min read

Unit rent fell over the quarter and year, representing the sharpest decline in more than 15 years, with rents now at its lowest in half a decade. according to the Domain Rental Report for the June quarter

House and unit rents fell by as much as $50 a week in areas like the city and eastern suburbs.

Tenants are in a strong position to negotiate prices or seek out cheaper properties.

June 2020 QoQ change for Sydney rental prices

“Sydney’s rental market conditions have become highly varied. House rents remained stable over the quarter and year, and are 3.6 per cent below the 2017 peak. Rents fell in the quarter across several Sydney regions, tumbling as much as $50 a week in the city and eastern suburbs and $40 a week in the northern suburbs. Tenants are in a strong position to negotiate prices or seek out cheaper properties. Rental price growth appears to be supported by more stable conditions across Sydney’s outer areas while house rents fell substantially in the inner areas. There were also significant increases in advertised rentals in Sydney’s inner areas at a time of weakened demand. Foreign student numbers and overseas migration have plummeted, as well as a drop in tourism. These are also areas more exposed to drops in migration, tourism, jobs losses and have a high portion of rentals.”

“For the past two years Sydney unit rents have tumbled annually as tenants benefited from heightened investor activity in previous years, as completed off-the-plan apartments add to supply. The pace of decline has now gathered additional momentum. The depth of the fall over the quarter and year is the sharpest in more than 15 years. Unit rents have now fallen 9.1 per cent from the 2017 peak, pushing them back to the lowest in half a decade. The city and east, inner west and lower north shore have felt the brunt. Deteriorating unit rents have forced Sydney’s gross yields to a record low of 3.66 per cent.”

“Tenants now have the novelty of choice. The rapid rise in advertised rentals have put pressure on rents. Tenants are using this as bargaining power to negotiate a deal while landlords compete to lure them. The number of advertised rentals jumped almost 13 per cent across Sydney from March to June, surging 43 per cent in the city and east and 29 per cent in the inner west, as a wave of short-term rentals converted to long-term as border closures curtailed international tourism. Demand has weakened as migration ceases, international students remain offshore and economic uncertainty rattles many tenants, forcing them to evaluate their personal circumstances,” said Domain Senior Research Analyst, Dr Nicola Powell.

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