Rents saw their first quarterly fall in 50 years

Rents saw their first quarterly fall in 50 years
Rents saw their first quarterly fall in 50 years

Prices fell sharply on CPI data in the June quarter for a number of reasons including rents, which were down 1.3%.

That fall is the first and greatest quarterly quarterly fall in rents on record.

Rental yields have also slipped to record lows, CommSec's Craig James took a look at the overall state of the latest CPI data.

The ABS said, “Rents recorded the first quarterly fall since the series commenced in 1972."

"Weak rental market conditions as a result of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and rising vacancy rates saw rents fall in most capital cities in the June quarter.”

However rental searches on are up 39 per cent over the June quarter. Data from those searches reveals that tenants and prospective tenants are looking more often and looking for longer.

The volume of ‘high-intent’ search activity on the site is up an incredible 75 per cent over the same period.

“The results are a clear indicator of how COVID-19 has changed the property market dynamic,” REA Group Director of Economic Research, Cameron Kusher said.

“Rental rates are coming under pressure from multiple sources. We have virtually no migration, there is new stimulus encouraging purchasing from first home buyers who otherwise may have been renters, and then there’s the fact that unemployment is rising, and younger people are most affected."

“With a moratorium on rental evictions in place until September, the next quarter is unlikely to see rental CPI fall as severely. Thereafter it is likely rental rates will fall further and will take quite some time to recover to previous highs.

“The high demand on is likely due to the possibility of finding cheaper and or better rentals, as evidenced by the CPI data,” he concluded.

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