Sydney vacancy rate jumps to 3.4% in April: SQM Research

Sydney vacancy rate jumps to 3.4% in April: SQM Research
Sydney vacancy rate jumps to 3.4% in April: SQM Research

Data released by SQM Research has revealed the national residential rental vacancy rates surged in April 2019 to 2.3%, an increase from 2.1% in March.

The total number of vacancies Australia-wide is now at 77,664 properties for rent, a rise of just under 10,000 dwellings over the past 12 months. 

Darwin’s vacancy rate of 3.6% in April, was the only capital city to experience a decrease in vacancy rates of 0.1%, but it continues to rank the highest of all capital cities since it overtook Perth in September 2018.  

Sydney rental vacancy rates jumped to 3.4%, an increase from 3.1% in March. This represents a new record high for Sydney, based on SQM’s rental index which goes back to 2005.  

Hobart’s vacancy rate increased to 0.6% in April and continues to record the lowest vacancy rate in the country since September 2014.

City

Apr-2018 Vacancies

Apr-2018 Vacancy Rate

Mar-2019 Vacancies

Mar-2019 Vacancy Rate

Apr-2019 Vacancies

Apr-2019 Vacancy Rate

Sydney

15,809

2.3%

21,942 

3.1%

23,837

3.4%

Melbourne

7,317

1.3%

9,210 

1.6%

10,565

1.8%

Brisbane

9,774

3.0%

8,232 

2.5%

8,792

2.6%

Perth

8,245

4.1%

6,085 

2.9%

6,568

3.2%

Adelaide

2,427

1.3%

2,024 

1.1%

2,249

1.2%

Canberra

474

0.8%

575 

0.9%

811

1.2%

Darwin

1,011

3.3%

1,153 

3.7%

1,117

3.6%

Hobart

219

0.7%

131 

0.4%

185

0.6%

National

67,854

2.1%

70,877 

2.1%

77,664

2.3%

SQM’s calculations of vacancies are based on online rental listings that have been advertised for three weeks or more compared to the total number of established rental properties.

SQM considers this to be a superior methodology compared to using a potentially incomplete sample of agency surveys or merely relying on raw online listings advertised.

Managing Director of SQM Research, Louis Christopher said: “Tenancy demand has been weak over the course of March and April. That combined with the expectation that dwelling completions are at their peak, prompted the rise in rental vacancies, which happened largely across the country, last month. 

“Going forward we expect rental vacancy rates will further rise in Sydney and Melbourne for most of 2019, before peaking and falling in 2020 as completions are forecasted to fall.”

Asking Rents 

Capital city asking rents increased 0.2% for units, but declined 0.4% for houses for the week ending 12 May to record asking rents of $554 per week for houses and $442 per week for units.

In comparison, over the 12 months, asking rents for units declined by 0.7% and rents for houses remained steady.  

Sydney’s asking rent for units and houses have both marginally declined by 0.3% for units and 1.5% for houses to 12 May. Over 12 months, the decline has been 5.0% for house rents and 3.8% for units. 

Perth’s rental market continued to increase over this period for both houses and units, at 0.5% and 0.2% respectively, as did Brisbane, with a 0.4% increase for houses and 0.6% for units. 

Darwin experienced a marginal increase of 1.4% over the month in house rents, after a decrease of 8.0% over the 12 months. However, units continue to slide at 1.7% over the month and 7.9% over the 12 months.

SQM Research Weekly Rents Index

Week ending: 12 May 2019

Rent $

Change on
previous week

Rolling month
% change

12 month
% change

Sydney

All Houses

690.0

1.0  

-1.5%  

-5.0%  

All Units

505.2

-0.2  

-0.3%  

-3.8%  

Melbourne

All Houses

542.4

-1.4  

-0.2%  

1.7%  

All Units

422.5

1.5  

0.0%  

3.1%  

Brisbane

All Houses

458.5

0.5  

0.4%  

2.7%  

All Units

373.2

0.8  

0.6%  

1.5%  

Perth

All Houses

447.0

0.0  

0.5%  

6.1%  

All Units

337.2

0.8  

0.2%  

4.0%  

Adelaide

All Houses

391.6

-0.6  

-0.2%  

2.5%  

All Units

302.9

0.1  

0.5%  

1.0%  

Canberra

All Houses

624.3

-6.3  

-1.7%  

0.9%  

All Units

455.9

-0.9  

0.0%  

3.2%  

Darwin

All Houses

497.7

-1.7  

1.4%  

-8.0%  

All Units

370.6

-3.6  

-1.7%  

-7.9%  

Hobart

All Houses

426.8

2.2  

-0.3%  

7.4%  

All Units

374.8

12.2  

2.3%  

4.0%  

National

All Houses

443.0

2.0  

0.5%  

1.4%  

All Units

363.0

-4.0  

-0.5%  

0.8%  

Cap City Average

All Houses

554.0

1.0  

-0.4%  

 0.0%   

All Units

442.0

2.0  

0.2%  

-0.7%  

Source: www.sqmresearch.com.au

You can visit SQM's methodology page for more information on how its vacancies are compiled.

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