Total Vacancy Rates Remain Steady in September 2021

Rental market remaining in favour of landlords for most capital cities

SQM Research today has revealed national residential property rental vacancy rates rose to just 1.7% over the month of September 2021. Vacancy rates remained largely steady over the month of September, albeit remaining in favour of landlords for most capital cities with the exception of Melbourne and inner Sydney.

Vacancy Rates

The total number of vacancies Australia-wide now stands at 59,345 residential properties, up from 58,856 in August. Sydney and Brisbane’s vacancy rate rose to 2.7% and 1.4% in September from 2.6% and 1.3% in August. In Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Canberra, and Hobart the vacancy rate remained below 1.0%, while Melbourne’s rate remained constant yet elevated. Vacancy rates rose in the Sydney CBD and Melbourne CBD to 8.2% and 8.4%.


Over the month to 12 October 2021, national asking rents rose 0.6% for houses to $536 per week and units rose by 1.7% to $409 a week. Capital city rents rose by 0.2% for houses over the past 30 days and are up by 10.2% over the past 12 months. Rents for units rose by 0.2% over the past 30 days and up by just 2.9% for the past 12 months.

Louis Christopher, Managing Director of SQM Research said

“Rental vacancy rates were little changed in September and were generally favouring landlords except for the Sydney CBD and large parts of Melbourne. As NSW and Victoria come out of lockdown and back to some sense of normality we expect some movement in the rental market.  CBD locations may well improve for property owners as overseas students return to our shores.  However, regional vacancy rates may also rise as longer-term city dwellers seek a return to a  larger choice of amenities, family and friends.”

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