Friday, October 17, 2014

Rental Report

RP Data has recently released its quarterly rental review.  It shows that Brisbane apartment rents are flat.  My sources tell me that rents are declining.
  • Vacancy rates are longer.  My rough rule of thumb is that for every week a property is vacant, that is approximately $10 a week off the rent for a one year period.
  • Rental periods (e.g. 1 year, 6 months) are tending to be shorter, with tenants turning over more often
  • Actual rents are flat, or decreasing slightly.
  • New apartment buildings that have many empty apartments are offering rent free periods, which in effect is a rent reduction.  For example, if the weekly rent is $500 a week, but the landlord offers four weeks for free, then the effective rent for the year is $461 a week.  But the RP Data report will show the rent as $500 a week.

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