Rent.com.au has released its latest report for February 2019 based on property leasing data. The report illustrates the shift in Australian median rental property prices (both metro and regional) rental affordability (the median room price metric) and days on market.

Monthly Highlights:

  • Across the board, all but two states and territories (Brisbane, unchanged and Perth down 0.7%), recorded an increase in apartment median rents in February.
  • Hobart’s apartment rents rose most significantly of all capitals, up 4.2% to $365/week. The TAS capital also saw the steepest increase in price per room for all dwelling types, up 7.8% to $183/week.
  • Growth recorded in Darwin’s rental market in February – apartments rose 2.9% to $350/week and houses were up 2% to $490/week.
  • Across all property types, Perth was the cheapest place to rent a room in January at $126/week.

Table 1: How the states and territories compared in February 2019
Median rent (apartments v houses) and price per room

Metro areaApartments% changeHouses% changePrice per room% change
National median$4602.20%$440-2.20%$1973.90%
SYDNEY$5403.80%$6000%$2753.90%
MELBOURNE$4302.30%$4300%$1850%
BRISBANE$4100%$430-2.20%$167-1.40%
PERTH$320-0.70%$3700%$1260%
ADELAIDE$3101.60%$3800%$136-2.30%
HOBART$3654.20%$4500%$1837.80%
DARWIN$3502.90%$4902%$1500%
CANBERRA$4653.30%$5601.80%$2160.70%

Price trends

Median rents.

Brisbane house prices dipped by 2.2% in February, while Darwin and Canberra rents were up 2% and 1.8% respectively, according to new data.

The strongest-performing capital city was Hobart, where apartment median rents increased by 4.2% to $365/week, Rent.com.au reported.

Nationally, there was a 2.2% rise in apartment values in February, which was driven upward by movement in Sydney (3.8%), Melbourne (2.3%), Adelaide (1.6%), Hobart (4.2%), Darwin(2.9%) and Canberra (3.3%).

Sydney remains the most expensive metro area for Australian house hunters with median apartment rents up 3.8% to $540/week and houses stable at $600/week. 2019 at the top of the list, unchanged as the most expensive metro area for Australian renters looking to rent an apartment ($520/week) or house ($600/week).

Perth, Adelaide still hottest spots to score a shared accommodation bargain

Renting a standalone property isn’t for everyone. Situation-dependent, renters often find it easier to apply for a shared accommodation option to ease the financial burden, rather than going it alone.

According to Rent.com.au’s latest data, which considers the room price metric (for price per room), Perth remains the cheapest capital to rent an individual room in a house ($120/week), while Adelaide takes the lead at $162/week for apartments.

The data showed that Sydney (perhaps unsurprisingly) once again outranks all other capitals at $197/week for a room in a house.

Hobart houses recorded the most significant increase in room price year-on-year, up 13.3% to $170/week from February 2018.

Table 2: 12 month change in Price Per Room

Metro areaApartments% change from FEB 2018Houses% change from
National median$2807.60%$1475.30%
SYDNEY$3316.90%$197-1.20%
MELBOURNE$2755.70%$1466.60%
BRISBANE$2356.80%$1351.20%
PERTH$20011.10%$1206.60%
ADELAIDE$1628.30%$1338.10%
HOBART$2215.30%$17013.30%
DARWIN$19011.70%$148-1.10%
CANBERRA$36022%$1838.60%

Price trends

NT regional rents down but still highest across the country

No real relief in sight for renters in the Northern Territory regions. The territory remained most unaffordable across the country in February. The median price in the regions was $445/week. The only state to record an increase was Tasmania, which jumped 3.3% to $310/week.

State/TerritoryFeb-19% change from Jan
National median$3700%
NSW$4000%
VIC$3100%
QLD$365-1.30%
WA$3400%
SA$275-1.70%
TAS$3103.30%
NT$445-5.30%
ACTn/an/a

Perth market starts moving in February

The number of days on market for properties in Perth improved most significantly of all state/territory capitals month-on-month. Apartments shifted 30.1% faster to take 35 days on average to lease, against a 30.5% improvement for houses, now 30 days.

“Some health leasing activity coming over from the January/February rush has increased demand, so renters will have needed to act fast to secure their rental of choice,” Rent.com.au CEO Greg Bader said. “This is good news – it shows landlords are taking heed of advice from their property managers and rental data to price their properties competitively from the start.”

Table 4: Days on market | % change in no. days on market (Apartments v Houses)

Metro areaAPARTMENT days on market FEB 2019% change from JAN 2019% change from FEB 2018HOUSES days on market FEB 2019% change from JAN 2019% change from FEB 2018
SYDNEY2626% faster21% slower2726.9% faster8% slower
MELBOURNE2022.3% faster2% slower2514% faster18% slower
BRISBANE217.2% faster20% faster229.6% faster16% faster
PERTH3114.2% faster13% faster2722.5% faster19% faster
ADELAIDE256.2% faster4% slower217.6% faster3% faster
HOBART1719.9% slower19% slower176.1% faster6% slower
DARWIN3530.1% faster5% faster3030.5% faster19% faster
CANBERRA1711% faster23% slower1814.2% faster19% slower

About the report

The Rent.com.au Rental Snapshot, released monthly and quarterly each year, reports rental data from all active listings across Australia listed on Rent.com.au. Data is aggregated on a monthly basis to calculate median asking rents for the country’s eight capital cities, providing a comprehensive view of the current state of the market. The report is based on all property leasing data from the month.

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