Rental listings collapse across Australia


CoreLogic has released rental data, which shows that listings have collapsed across the combined capital cities, down around 40% from their pre-pandemic level:

Number of homes for rent

This decline in listings has helped drive strong rental price growth, with rents soaring 8.3% across the combined capitals and 9.0% nationally in the year to April:

Australian rental growth

CoreLogic’s data accords with SQM research’s, which shows Australia’s capital rental vacancy rate falling to its lowest level in 16 years of records:

Australia's rental vacancy rate

The situation is obviously even worse across Australia’s regions where rents grew by a whopping 10.9% in the year to April 2021. Accordingly, CoreLogic’s latest housing affordability report showed that the proportion of household income required to meet rental costs has surged to an all time high 34% across Australia’s regions:

Australian rental affordability

The planned reboot of the ‘Big Australia’ mass immigration policy will obviously make the rental situation even worse.

Where will all the new Australians live when we don’t have enough rental properties available to house the existing population?

About the author
Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.