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REIQ flags concerning rental market

13 August 2020 Emma Ryan
REIQ flags concerning rental market

The Queensland rental market is facing its tightest conditions since the global financial crisis, according to the CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).

Antonia Mercorella, REIQ’s CEO, has confirmed around 70 per cent of the state’s rental market currently faces extremely tight conditions.

“Every Queenslander should have access to a safe, secure and affordable home that meets their needs and supports them to participate in the social and economic life of a vibrant and prosperous state,” she said. 

“The rental sector plays a critical role in Queensland’s housing system and the role and size of our investor market has never been so important.


“Any further tightening in rental availability levels will only place additional undue pressures on our housing sector which is why more needs to be done to better support both increased and ongoing property investor activity in the Queensland property market and the contributions they make to the state economy.”

To further her point, Ms Mercorella pointed to data collated by the association which found over 36 per cent of Queensland’s population rents their home.

Stats also show the state’s regional areas are currently outperforming major metropolitan areas when it comes to rental demand.

Vacancy rates

1. Maryborough: 0.4 of a percentage point

2. Mount Isa: 0.5 of a percentage point

3. Rockhampton: 0.7 of a percentage point

4. Gympie: 0.9 of a percentage point

“With more than two-thirds of Queensland experiencing tight rental vacancies, it’s also ‘slim pickings’ across many popular regions including Caboolture (1.2 per cent), Fraser Coast (1.2 per cent), Mackay (1.3 per cent), Sunshine Coast (1.9 per cent) and Townsville (1.7 per cent), while only marginally higher in Cairns (2.4 per cent), Gladstone (2.0 per cent) and Noosa (2.4 per cent),” Ms Mercorella noted. 

“It’s no surprise that we’ve seen a shift in our state’s rental composition to more affordable rental supplies in outer urban and regional areas during COVID-19. On the plus side, it helps break up their mono-tenure and supports more local economies to withstand the pressures of the pandemic we’re witnessing in our larger cities.

“However, such limited rental supplies have the potential to result in poorly matched housing preferences and impact the urban spatial structure and functioning of these same regions, such as transport costs, labour markets and access to services and amenities. It also shows that there’s a decline in government investment in social housing with more low-income renters in the market.”

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Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan is the deputy head of editorial at Momentum Media.

Emma has worked for Momentum Media since 2015, and has since been responsible for breaking some of the biggest stories in corporate Australia, including across the legal, mortgages, real estate and wealth industries. In addition, Emma has launched several additional sub-brands and events, driven by a passion to deliver quality and timely content to audiences through multiple platforms.

Email Emma on: [email protected]com.au

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