Perth vacancy rate reaches 3-year record

By Sasha Karen 06 September 2018 | 1 minute read

Over the last three years, the Perth rental market has been the best it’s ever been due to a low-vacancy rate.

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With a vacancy rate of 4.5 per cent for the month of August, president of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) Hayden Groves said this, among other indications, were positives signs of an improving rental market.

“What we are seeing is a steady yet healthy improvement in tenant activity,” Mr Groves said.

“Steady rents, easing supply as listings for rent continue to fall and stronger demand with more leasing activity all point to the rental market leading PerthPerth, TAS Perth, WA’s property market recovery.”

During August, leasing activity rose 17 per cent, with a total of 4,805 dwellings leased out over the course of the month.

Leederville, Glendalough and Secret Harbour were the more popular suburbs for renting, as REIWA data showed these suburbs saw the most growth in leasing activity during August.

“Leederville had more than double the amount of properties leased from July to August, with the volumes increasing by an impressive 183 per cent,” Mr Groves said.

“Typically, as we move into these warmer spring months, the property market should see an overall uplift in activity, and historically the sales market follows the rental market during a recovery.”

The median rent on Perth has seen 17 months of a consistent $350 per week, holding steady since April 2017.

Mr Grove added that he was pleased the Perth rental market was experiencing stability, resulting in both property investors and tenants greater certainty and confidence in the leasing sector.



Property refers to either a tangible or intangible item that an individual or business has legal rights or ownership of, such as houses, cars, stocks or bond certificates.


Rent refers to the payment made by a tenant periodically to a landlord for the use and occupancy of a property.


Rent refers to the payment made by a tenant periodically to a landlord for the use and occupancy of a property.


A vacancy is a term that describes an unoccupied or empty space.

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