Vacancy Rates Fall to Ten Year Low 

Sydney and Melbourne drive the national result lower.

SQM Research today has revealed national residential property rental vacancy rates fell to a ten-year low of 1.6% over the month of October 2021.

Vacancy Rates

The total number of vacancies Australia-wide now stands at 56,953 residential properties, down from 59,345 in October. Sydney, Melbourne’s and Hobart vacancy rate dropped to 2.6%, 3.3%  and 0.4% in October from 2.7%, 3.5% and 0.5% in September. In Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide,  Canberra, and Darwin the vacancy rate remained below 1.0%. Vacancy rates fell in the Sydney  CBD and Melbourne CBD to 7.5% and 8% respectively yet still remain at high levels compared to historical averages. 

SQM’s calculations of vacancies are based on online rental listings that have been advertised for three weeks or more compared to the total number of established rental properties. SQM considers this to be a superior methodology compared to using a potentially incomplete sample of agency surveys or merely relying on raw online listings advertised. Please go to our Methodology page for more information on how SQM’s vacancies are compiled.

Louis Christopher, Managing Director of SQM Research said:

“For the month of October 2021, rental vacancy rates fell again, this time driven lower by falls in  Sydney and Melbourne. The last time we recorded national vacancy rates this low was March  2011. Other capital cities were largely steady and that was also the case for a number of the regional townships, albeit regional Australia really has not much room to fall lower. Indeed a number of regional towns are now recording no vacancies whatsoever.  

We have what appears to be an improvement in occupancy in our largest CBD locations,  however, there is still ample rental stock and indeed rents in the Sydney CBD have been falling again since June which is no doubt attributed to the lockdown starting that month. Melbourne  CBD rents have actually held steady over the same period. If we really are at the point where lockdowns are a thing of the past in this country, then it is likely the CBD locations will recover for property owners in 2022. Elsewhere rents continue to steadily rise as a result of these very  tight rental conditions across Australia.”


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