Coronavirus Melbourne tenant exodus amplifies inner-city hazard zones

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An condo at 3002/61 Haig Avenue, Southbank, is sitting vacant on the rental market, asking $370 per week.


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The variety of empty rental properties throughout Melbourne has nearly doubled prior to now 12 months, with the tenant exodus hitting Southbank, Docklands and the CBD hardest.

Specialists have recognized the trio as “hazard zones” patrons ought to avoid in any respect prices — however on the flip aspect, tenants shifting in may nearly “identify their value”.

Propertyology head of analysis Simon Pressley stated Melbourne’s inner-city condo market had “grossly underperformed” for a number of years now.

And the COVID-19 disaster has made the sector much more hazardous by heightening pre-existing oversupply points.

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Mr Pressley discovered 20,891 rental properties citywide lay vacant on the finish of August, equating to a 3.4 per cent emptiness charge. This was up from 11,830 a 12 months prior.

Southbank’s emptiness charge skyrocketed from 4.3 per cent to 16.6 per cent in the identical interval, whereas Dockland’s rose from 3.8 per cent to 16.1 per cent, and the CBD’s, from 2.6 per cent to eight per cent.

Mr Pressley stated employment loss in hard-hit sectors like hospitality and tourism, and the absence of worldwide college students and migrants because of border closures, had triggered an inner-city tenant exodus.

“It’s unhappy for the tenants who’ve misplaced their jobs and needed to transfer out (and) for the landlords who … must try to service mortgages with out rental revenue,” he stated.

“It is going to be unhappy when these folks don’t have any alternative apart from to promote already poorly performing property.”

1112/55 Service provider Avenue is one in every of many Docklands flats sitting vacant. Its weekly asking hire has been slashed from $520 to $390.


Propertyology discovered a typical condo in Southbank, Parkville and South Yarra had gained lower than 1 per cent in worth every year of the previous decade, whereas Docklands models had declined 0.2 per cent.

Emptiness charges had additionally risen yearly in South Yarra (from 2.4 per cent to six.2 per cent), St Kilda (2.1 per cent to 4.9 per cent), Field Hill (3 per cent to five.4 per cent), Prahran (2.2 per cent to 4.8 per cent) and Parkville (2.7 per cent to 4.5 per cent).

The determine is calculated by evaluating what number of rental listings have been marketed on-line with the whole variety of established rental properties in a area.

Propertyology head of analysis Simon Pressley stated Melbourne’s inner-city rental market was a tragic state of affairs.


Mr Pressley stated a small silver lining was emptiness charges appeared to have remained regular outdoors Melbourne’s inside ring — however the metropolis’s prolonged lockdown may change that.

“When the coronavirus first hit, we anticipated a spike in inner-city emptiness charges. It was a case of whether or not particular person landlords had sufficient money movement to get although a six-week nationwide lockdown,” he stated.

“However it is a a lot more durable and longer lockdown.”

Continued rental value falls and landlords abandoning the market altogether have been seemingly outcomes, he stated.

Helicopter view of Melbourne's cranes/skyline

Property buyers are being suggested to avoid the CBD, Docklands and Southbank. Image: David Caird


RiskWise Property Analysis has additionally recognized the CBD and Docklands among the many nation’s prime 10 “hazard zone” markets, with chief government Doron Pereg urging buyers to be significantly cautious of shopping for off-the-plan flats within the coronavirus surroundings.

He warned of the chance of additional unit value declines, which may create issues at settlement, and money movement points, with the pandemic drastically decreasing the tenant pool for inner-city Melbourne properties.

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Melbourne emptiness charges

Southbank: 16.6% (up yearly from 4.3%)

Docklands: 16.1% (3.8%)

Melbourne CBD: 8% (2.6%)

South Yarra: 6.2% (2.4%)

St Kilda: 4.9% (2.1%)

Field Hill: 5.4% (3%)

Prahran: 4.8% (2.2%)

Parkville: 4.5% (2.7%)

Port Melbourne: 4.2% (2.1%)

Richmond: 3.5% (1.9%)

Kensington: 2.5% (1.2%)

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Better Melbourne: 3.4% (2%)

Supply: Propertyology, evaluating August 2020 to August 2019

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