Rents still flat: June stats released
The Residential Tenancies Authority recently released their June quarter stats and analysis by Bees Nees Research shows inner Brisbane’s rents have now remained flat for well over a year. Small drops in some suburbs shows landlords are being cautious and reducing their rents to keep their homes rented.
Bees Nees’ Rob Honeycombe said a more balanced market had replaced the strong rental growth of 2007-2008.
“In postcode 4101 for example we have the same median rents for a 2 bed apartment that we did in September 2008 at $450 per week. The appeal of South Brisbane, West End and Highgate Hill is still very much on the rise but saving money in tougher times has drawn some tenants into cheaper areas further out.”
The RTA shows rents are flat right across Brisbane and Rob believes landlords are reluctant to push for rent increases. “Rising interest rates do make some landlords nervous and that has a flow on effect. To see a drop in popular spots like Fairfield and Annerley (down $10 to $310 per week for a 2 bed apartment) suggests tenants are getting good value. A typical house in that area is still $400 per week, the same level as September 2008.”
One of the few inner city areas to see a rise in the June quarter was a $10 increase for Woolloongabba/Dutton Park apartments.