The report from A Game Property Advisory identifies 17 suburbs where beleaguered tenants could actually save money buying a property.

In the past year, average rental rates have risen by more than 10%, while vacancy rates throughout the country are at near historic lows.

It's a difficult time to be a tenant in Australia, and despite a 15% increase to Commonwealth rental assistance announced in last month's budget, there isn't much suggesting conditions will ease anytime soon.

PropTrack Senior Economist Eleanor Creagh believes this doesn't go far enough to protect the most vulnerable Australian renters.

"Although the increase to Commonwealth Rent Assistance is the largest in more than 30 years, rent assistance payments have long fallen behind soaring rental prices," she said.

"The share of affordable rentals is plummeting, meaning conditions remain challenging for low-income Australians."

Director of A Game Property Jim Malamatinas believes that there are many tenants for whom buying has become a cheaper alternative, particularly given the various government assistance schemes for first home buyers.

"I believe there’s a good opportunity over the next 6 months to purchase a property at a competitive price, with the help of various grants available, instead of continuing to rent and paying someone else’s mortgage," he said.

"Rental demand is at its all-time high, with the worst rental crisis in almost 20 years and tenants are relying on private landlords to help solve the problem as soon as possible but many can solve it for themselves by taking advantage of Government assistance and buying now."

The First Home Guarantee is a federal initiative where the government acts as a guarantor for up to 15% of a home loan.

This means that even if home buyers have a deposit as small as 5%, the Loan to Value ratio is lowered to 80%, which can mean the buyer will pay lower rates and avoid Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

The report found several suburbs surrounding Australia's largest capital cities where monthly mortgage repayments could be less than the equivalent rent.

Mortgage repayments were estimated based on a 20% deposit size (or buyers taking advantage of the first home guarantee), and compared to median rents.

Greater Sydney

Suburb Typical asking price % rental increase in last 12 months
Paxton $563,500 56.3%
Cliftleigh $675,000 17.2%
Wallerawang $515,000 7.8%

Greater Melbourne

Suburb Typical asking price % rental increase in last 12 months
Mitchell Park $486,250 6.9%
Jackass Flat $520,000 7.1%
Morwell $340,000 15.7%

Greater Brisbane

Suburb Typical asking price % rental increase in last 12 months
Springfield Lakes $650,000 20.0%
East Ipswich $439,000 21.2%
Tivoli $477,500 19.7%

Greater Adelaide

Suburb Typical asking price % rental increase in last 12 months
Blakeview $457,000 10.5%
Craigmore $426,450 16.7%
Gawler East $485,000 9.1%

Greater Perth

Suburb Typical asking price % rental increase in last 12 months
Eglinton $460,000 19.1%
Treeby $593,500 7.4%
Leda $386,000 13%


Suburb Typical asking price % rental increase in last 12 months
Belconnen $630,000 5.0%
Isabella Plains $777,500 8.1%


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