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Sydney vacancy rates decline in September: REINSW

23 October 2014

Sydney residential rental accommodation availability has slipped backwards, according to data released by the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales.

The September 2014 REINSW Vacancy Rate Survey saw the number of properties for rent across Sydney fall 0.1 per cent to 1.7 per cent. 

“Rental vacancies declined across Sydney. Outer Sydney saw the largest declines, hitting 10 month lows,” REINSW President Malcolm Gunning said. 

“Outer* Sydney vacancy rates dropped 0.2 per cent to 1.4 per cent, while middle* Sydney fell 0.3 per cent to 1.9 per cent and inner* Sydney remained steady at 1.8 per cent.”

Vacancy rates in the Illawarra remained steady at 2.0 per cent despite a rise of 0.5 per cent to 2.7 per cent in Wollongong.

The Hunter region was down 0.2 per cent at 3.1 per cent on the back of a 0.8 per cent fall in vacancy rates in Newcastle at 1.9 per cent. This is the lowest level for Newcastle since September 2013.

In regional areas, the Mid-North Coast was the hardest place to find rental accommodation at 1.4 per cent, down 0.2 per cent.

Albury was down 0.1 per cent at 1.6 per cent, Central Coast fell 0.3 per cent to 1.7 per cent and the Riverina dropped 0.6 per cent to 2.8 per cent. Northern Rivers declined 1.0 per cent to 2.7 per cent.

Bucking the trend was Central West which jumped 0.5 per cent to 4.3 per cent and Orana which added 1.1 per cent to 3.2 per cent.

For further information or to arrange an interview with REINSW President Malcolm Gunning, please contact: Helen Hull – 0419 642 961 or


* Suburbs included in ‘inner’, ‘middle’ and ‘outer’ Sydney are those falling within the Sydney Statistical Division as per the Australian Standard Geographic Classification of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

‘Inner’ includes suburbs in the following LGAs: Ashfield, Botany Bay, Lane Cove, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Mosman, North Sydney, Randwick, Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra.
‘Middle’ includes suburbs in the following LGAs: Auburn, Bankstown, Burwood, Canterbury, Canada Bay, Hunters Hill, Hurstville, Kogarah, Ku-ring-gai, Manly, Parramatta, Rockdale, Ryde, Strathfield and Willoughby.
‘Outer’ includes suburbs in the following LGAs: Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Gosford, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Hornsby, Liverpool, Penrith, Pittwater, Sutherland, Warringah, Wollondilly and Wyong.