National average house rents have soared 5.9% over the past year to a record $477 per week.

Domain's Rental Report for June 2021 shows the median weekly asking price for houses reached record highs in Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, and Brisbane.

Unit rental prices weren't far off either, also reaching record highs in Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, and Adelaide.

House rental prices June 2021

Capital City Jun-21 Mar-21 Jun-20 QoQ YoY
Sydney $550 $550 $540
Melbourne $430 $430 $430
Brisbane $450 $440 $400
Adelaide $430 $425 $395
Canberra $630 $600 $570
Perth $450 $430 $370
Hobart $495 $480 $450
Darwin $593 $550 $490
National $477 $471 $450
Source: Domain

Unit rental prices June 2021

Capital City Jun-21 Mar-21 Jun-20 QoQ YoY
Sydney $470 $470 $500
Melbourne $365 $375 $415
Brisbane $400 $400 $380
Adelaide $350 $350 $320
Canberra $500 $500 $470
Perth $380 $370 $320
Hobart $400 $420 $380
Darwin $450 $430 $380
National $427 $429 $451
Source: Domain

It comes after recent figures from Domain found that rental vacancy rates plunged to their lowest ever recorded point in June 2021.

Canberra remains the most expensive city to rent both a house and unit.

The average asking price for a house in the nation's capital rose to $630, up $30 from the March quarter. The median unit rent remained unchanged at $500.

"This sharp rise in house rents is unsustainable against a backdrop of weak wages growth that is unable to support ongoing increases in rent," said Domain senior research analyst Dr Nicola Powell.

Darwin also recorded a significant bump in rental prices where it now costs $593 to rent a house, a 20.9% increase from the year before. Unit prices weren't far behind, up 18.4% from this time last year to $450. 

In Brisbane, the median house rent climbed 12.5% over the past year to $450, marking the strongest rate of annual rent growth in almost 15 years. Apartment prices were also at a 10-year high in Brisbane at $400.

"Tenants are operating in rental conditions that haven’t been experienced in more than a decade," Dr Powell said.

Dr Powell also noted that Brisbane has become a growing destination of choice for those moving interstate.

"Landlords are clearly cashing in on improved household budgets and increased interstate demand to boost yields. However, wages growth is unable to support ongoing increases in rent," she said.

"Tenants with leases expiring will need to brace for a jump in rent as landlords capitalise on the tight rental market."

Sydney's rental market remained stable, with the median weekly asking house rent remaining unchanged in nine months, and six months for units.

"Though tenants have avoided rising rents, prices are unlikely to fall again and it could signal a turning point in Sydney’s rental market with vacancy rates returning to pre-pandemic levels of February 2020," Dr Powell said.

While the rental market has been more subdued in the city, Dr Powell said rents have been rising in regional locations.

"Remote working has encouraged tenants to shift to the outer suburbs or lifestyle locations within Greater Sydney," she said.

"Rents for houses and units hit record highs over the June quarter in the Northern Beaches, Central Coast and outer west and Blue Mountains, while houses are at peak prices in Sutherland, the outer south west and Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury region."

In Melbourne, the average weekly asking rent for a house is $430 per week, which puts the city on par with Adelaide.

Unit asking rents in Melbourne dropped by a further $10 over the June quarter to $365 a week, which puts rents back at 2015 levels. 

"This is the steepest downwards adjustment in unit asking rents that Melbourne has ever recorded," Dr Powell said.

"This is providing tenants with an opportunity to negotiate rent or shift to an area that has experienced significant reductions."

Photo by Peter Burden on Unsplash

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