REIA President has urged Australians holding vacant properties to consider putting them into the rental pool as the winter months approach.
REIA President, Mr Hayden Groves, said with low rental vacancies across Australia it is critical that every dwelling is used to house tenants this winter.
“We have a severe rental shortage in Australia making for a terribly difficult time for anyone seeking to secure a rental.
“REIA’s latest Real Estate Market Facts report found that the vacancy rate for Australia’s capital cities was down to just 1.7% well below the typically balanced market of around 3.5%.
“The report found that rents for a three-bedroom house increased by 1.3% over the December quarter to reach $524 per week.
“Any property investors or anyone that has available accommodation we ask you contact a local Real Estate Institute member property manager to help.
“The Euroballa Shire recently asked all rate payers to do this and attracted 80 homes back into the rental pool. If we make a nation-wide effort that could release as many as 42,000 new rental listings into the market across the country ahead of winter averaged out across our 537 local governments across Australia.”
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