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Renting a unit no longer the cheap option

By Staff Reporter
10 October 2014 | 1 minute read

Renting a unit instead of a house isn’t the cheap option it once was, with new figures revealing the gap between the two is shrinking.

According to the latest RP Data Quarterly Rental Review across the combined capital cities, median weekly rental rates for houses is $430 a week, while for units it is $420 a week.

In the September quarter, rents for houses remained flat with no growth but units went up by 2.4 per cent.

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RP Data national research director Tim Lawless said the bad news for investors was that rents weren’t rising at anywhere near the same pace as property values were.

This was particularly the case in Sydney and Melbourne, where values had increased significantly but rents had not.

RP Data reported that Darwin topped the list as the most expensive city to rent in.

The median asking rent for a house is $660 a week, while a unit is $550.

Hobart is the cheapest with its median house rent at $330 a week and units for $275 a week.

Brisbane was the only capital city where rents didn’t change in the housing market during the quarter.

Melbourne experienced the highest jump in house rents — up by 2.6 per cent.

In Perth and Canberra, house rents dropped by 2.7 per cent and 2.0 per cent respectively.

Mr Lawless said despite the drops in rental yields, investment demand was still at record levels and trending higher.

He said this showed that most investors were instead focusing on capital gains.

 

HOUSE RENTS

Adelaide — $350

Brisbane — $400

Canberra — $480

Darwin — $660

Hobart — $330

Melbourne — $390

Sydney — $525

Combined capital cities — $430

 

UNIT RENTS

Adelaide — $300

Brisbane — $390

Canberra — $383

Darwin — $550

Hobart — $275

Melbourne — $370

Sydney — $500

Combined capital cities — $420

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