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Rent.com.au Median Rental Rates Snapshot: January 2017

Rent.com.au’s latest Rental Rates Snapshot for the month of January 2017 illustrates the shift in median rental property prices (both metro and regional), rental affordability (the median room price metric) and the luxury property measure. The report also evaluates change in days on market for properties above $1,000/pw.


Metro Rents

The average metropolitan rent across Australia spiked up 2.38 per cent at $430/pw in January. Canberra and Hobart metro areas were the only two states to record a decrease in median rent, while all but two of the remaining capitals saw an increase in the month.

An 8.24 per cent increase in asking median rents in Darwin was the sharpest rise across the country, contrasted by a similar decline in prices (7.89 per cent) in Hobart metro. Darwin’s price rise to $460/pw makes the Northern Territory capital the second most expensive for house hunters.

Darwin sits just under Sydney in New South Wales, continuing its rank as the most expensive city for Australian renters; median rents stayed consistent at $550/pw in January. Sydney’s asking rents are comparable to the country’s most affordable city in January, Adelaide ($350/pw).

Considering the rental affordability measure, price per room (PPR); Sydney also topped the ranking at $267/pw (up 2.56 per cent on December 2016), while Perth metro was the most affordable capital city for renters – a median price per room of $127/pw (up 1.33 per cent), putting Adelaide at a close second ($133/pw, up 1.92 per cent).

By looking at dwelling type, Sydney’s property makeup continued to skew towards apartments, comprising 69 per cent, while Perth’s property makeup in January was 75 per cent houses.

LOCATIONSMedian rentMonthly changePrice per roomMonthly change
Sydney metro$550/pw0%$267↑2.56%
Brisbane metro$420/pw↑2.44%$167↑4.67%
Melbourne metro$400/pw↑2.56%$170↑6.25%
Perth metro$360/pw↑2.86%$127↑1.33%
Adelaide metro$350/pw↑2.94%$133↑1.92%
Canberra metro$450/pw↓2.17%$197↑3.51%
Darwin metro$460/pw↑8.24%$167↓1.96%
Hobart metro$350/pw↓7.89%$163↑8.33%
Regionals (combined)$340/pw0%

Regional Rents

At a regional level, Tasmania and Western Australia were the only Australian states to record a decrease in median rent from December 2016 to January, down 1.89 per cent and 3.03 per cent respectively. Median rents increased across the regions in the Northern Territory (up 9.76 per cent), South Australia (up 2 per cent) and Queensland (up 1.52 per cent).

Rents remained healthy in Australian Capital Territory ($450/pw), New South Wales ($380/pw) and Victoria ($280/pw), with no price changes recorded, consistent with records in December last year.

SA was once again the state with the cheapest regional rentals, with a median rent for the state of $255/pw (up 2 per cent). Looking at dwelling type, regional houses in NT experienced the highest increase in median rent overall (up 8.89 per cent to $490/pw) and TAS houses up 9.09 per cent to $210/pw.

Conversely, the cost of regional houses in ACT dropped 6.09 per cent to $463/pw. WA, however, was the only state to record a decrease in the price of apartments, down 3.57 per cent to $270/pw.

Source: Press release from rent.com.au

This report has been calculated from data specific to property listings leased on Rent.com.au in January 2017. Price per room is defined as the median price divided by the number of rooms available for rent across all dwellings Additional data is available on request.

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