The data continues to deteriorate for Australia’s army of negatively geared landlords, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reporting that capital city property rents declined by a record 1.3% over the June quarter and by 1.2% over the year:
Looking across the capital cities, you can see that rents were universally weak:
Most notably, rents fell by 2.0% in Sydney and 1.1% in Melbourne over the June quarter. Given immigration has collapsed and both cities still have an avalanche of supply in the pipeline (see next chart), rents should continue to fall:
When viewed alongside falling dwelling prices in these two cities:
Leveraged property investors are facing a precarious future.