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Sydney residential vacancy rates remain low, APRA findings unfounded

17 December 2014

The number of residential rental properties available in Sydney has remained steady overall despite declines in the inner city, according to data released by the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales.

The November 2014 REINSW Vacancy Rate Survey saw the number of available properties at 1.7 per cent.

"Availability in Inner* Sydney fell 0.1 per cent at 1.5 per cent, while Outer* Sydney vacancy rates increased 0.3 per cent at 1.7 per cent and Middle* Sydney fell 0.2 per cent at 2.0 per cent," REINSW President Malcolm Gunning said.

"Declines in the Inner and Middle Sydney were leveled out by the increase in the Outer areas. The lows in Inner Sydney have not been seen since February 2013. It is a third month in a row that vacancy rates have been stable at 1.7 per cent.

"The current vacancy rates show that supply is not meeting demand as parity is generally recognised as being 2.0 per cent. Therefore we question the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority's (APRA) concerns and recommendations for banks to tighten their lending criteria to investors," Mr Gunning said. 

Newcastle saw a drop of 0.9 per cent to 1.8 per cent, while overall the Hunter region remained steady at 3.4 per cent, leveled out by "other areas", up 0.3 per cent at 4.2 per cent.

Vacancy rates in the Illawarra were down 2.0 per cent to 1.7 per cent. Wollongong was up 0.1 per cent to 2.3 per cent.

In regional areas, the Northern Rivers was the hardest place to find rental accommodation at 1.0 per cent, down 1.2 per cent and Murrumbidgee was up 0.2 per cent to 1.5 per cent. 

New England was up 0.8 per cent to 3.7 per cent, Albury was up 0.3 per cent to 2.2 per cent and South Eastern rose 1.6 per cent to 5.0 per cent.

Coffs Harbour dropped 1.0 per cent to 2.0 per cent and South Coast fell 0.1 per cent to 2.7 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.