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Fewer inner-Sydney vacancies as investors sell

Rental vacancies appear to be stabilising as a large number of investors are selling their inner-city apartments to take advantage of rising prices. This has resulted in fewer rentals being available for those looking for rental accommodation close to the CBD.

With the loss of international students in 2020, many inner-city apartments, especially those close to universities, were left vacant. This in turn caused rental prices to drop and left many investors without regular income to pay off their investment properties.

Rental prices starting to rise again

The reduction in vacancies is starting to drive rental prices up as supply has trouble keeping up with demand. For example, in the inner-west suburb of Leichhardt, one in three (34%) properties for sale are ex-rental homes and apartments. 

This is the highest proportion of rental properties currently up for sale in any given area. Data from shows that vacancies are currently sitting at 3.7% with a median rental return of $750 per week for a house and $500 per week for a unit. 

Airbnb and Stayz rentals trending back to short-term rental properties

When the demand for short-term holidays rentals declined due to the lack of international tourists, many property owners who used accommodation platforms like Airbnb or Stayz flipped to long-term rentals. This trend is now reversing as these investors return their properties to the short-term rental market.

This is mostly down to a strong trend of people holidaying in Australia instead of travelling overseas. Due to the rise in property prices, there is also a significant portion of Airbnb or other short-term rental properties for sale.

Decline in vacancies likely to continue

The demand for owner-occupier properties is still not keeping up with the supply. It’s still a seller’s market and many investors continue to offload their rental properties.

This is good news for landlords as it means that the available vacancies will tighten even further and as the pandemic eases, you’ll be able to increase rental prices. If current trends continue, this could cause a shortage of available rental properties similar to what is happening in other parts of the country, especially in rural areas. 

In some areas around the country, the demand for rental properties is far greater than what is available. This has seen many prospective tenants vying for the same property. Vacant rentals are receiving multiple individual applications; there has even been a trend of prospective tenants offering more rent than what is being asked originally.

If you own an investment property in and around the city, it’s a good idea to hold onto it if you can. Even if your property has been vacant for any period, it won’t remain so for long. As students and international visitors return and push up demand, vacant rental properties will be snapped up by prospective tenants as soon as they become available. 

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Jaime Pratt
A Senior Property Manager and Director with 20+ years’ specialist experience, Jaime is an expert negotiator who consistently achieves outstanding results for her clients.