Australia’s rental market continues to tighten
The rental market across Australia continues to tighten, with low vacancy rates driving increased rental yields across the country. Vacancy rates have remained below equilibrium levels of 3% across most of Australia's cities over the past financial year and are averaging only 1.6% nationally.
Unsurprisingly this has caused an increase in rental rates, with gross Australian apartment yields, for example, rising to 5.0%.
Rental markets across Australia are as diverse as sales markets, with some specific areas being almost five times the national average, which is why investment property owners must have regular accurate feedback from the property investment manager that takes responsibility for their specific property.
Most households monitor price fluctuations but like groceries, petrol and other common requirements a weekly rent is not the same in every town or city across Australia.
There are markets where rents like sales prices have come back off a high - even to a point where landlords are decreasing rents rather than have properties sit vacant - so as a landlord you have to be competitive in your own market.
Stay in touch with your property manager - and stay in touch with your best avenue for financial return.
If you are renting yourself and planning to move out of your rental accommodation and purchase a property to live in, the best time to do so may be at the end of your lease - and remember to give sufficient notice to your property manager.