Melbourne rents halved, waived by distressed landlords

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Case study: struggling landlord

Lorraine Ray misplaced her job and the tenant at her long-time Field Hill South funding property as a result of COVID-19, and hasn’t been capable of lease or promote the condominium regardless of it being discounted throughout its a number of months in the marketplace. Image: Tony Gough


Determined landlords are providing to halve rents, or briefly waive them altogether, to entice tenants into empty Melbourne flats.

Leases marketed with hefty reductions for the primary three, six and even 12 months of tenancies are rife on realestate.com.au. Others listings invite potential renters to barter on value, or promise “rent-free durations”.

Specialists say the distressed listings are a consequence of a coronavirus-driven tenant exodus, largely attributable to employment loss in sectors like hospitality and retail, and the departure of worldwide migrants and college students.

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An condominium at 1204/77 Queens Street, Melbourne has been listed at a reduced weekly price of $225 for the primary three months — half the unique $450 asking value.


The variety of empty rental houses throughout Melbourne has almost doubled in the past year to twenty,891, in keeping with Propertyology, with emptiness charges hovering to 16 per cent in some inner-city postcodes.

Listings uncovered by the Herald Solar embrace that of a one-bedroom CBD condominium providing discounted lease of “$225 per week for the primary three months, then again to authentic value of $450 per week” for the rest of a 12-month lease.

A month of free lease can also be up for grabs for whoever leases two flats in a Caulfield North complicated, each listed at $380 per week, and a two-bedroom Bentleigh unit asking $420 per week.

And a West Melbourne condominium in the marketplace for $300 per week provides a “discounted value for fast transfer in”.

Two-bedroom flats at 2 & 4/3 Norwood Street, Caulfield North are in the marketplace providing free lease for the primary month of a tenancy.


Unemployed landlord Lorraine Ray was compelled to checklist her Field Hill South funding property on each the rental and gross sales markets at discounted costs after her tenant — a world scholar on the close by Deakin College Burwood campus — vacated in April.

“I instantly put it on the rental market. We’ve slashed the lease (to $375 per week), that also hasn’t enticed anyone,” she mentioned.

“It has by no means been untenanted in seven years. However that pool of Deakin college students is gone.”

Ms Ray mentioned she “received determined” and in addition listed the two-bedroom condominium at 113/154 Elgar Road for sale, at a decreased value of $400,000-$440,000.

About the identical time as Ms Ray misplaced her tenant, she additionally misplaced her job in occasion planning.

She mentioned whereas it was lucky her companion was nonetheless working, she had been denied authorities monetary assist because of this. This left her “surviving on financial savings to pay the mortgage”.

She added Melbourne’s ban on bodily house inspections, which is because of remain in place until October 26, had been a serious impediment to her leasing or promoting the condominium.

Lorraine Ray is determined for bodily house inspections to renew to assist her lease or promote her funding property at 113/154 Elgar Street, Field Hill South.


Ray White Rowville principal Adam Sorrell mentioned different Melbourne landlords doing it robust had been contemplating exiting the market.

“There could possibly be fewer leases obtainable because of this, and rents will find yourself growing,” he mentioned.

Veteran actual property agent Philip Webb agreed, noting about 5200 of the 6000 houses on his company’s lease roll belonged to one-property landlords who had been “not loaded” and wanted assist.

He urged the state authorities to offer landlords “rebates for the lease reductions” they’d equipped tenants throughout the pandemic, noting the land tax relief they had been receiving was “negligible”.

Discounted lease is up for grabs for any tenant who can transfer rapidly into 704/53 Batman Road, West Melbourne.


Propertyology head of analysis Simon Pressley mentioned COVID-19 had inflated pre-existing oversupply points in Melbourne’s inner-city condominium market, making it much more hazardous for traders.

He warned future traders: “Don’t contact Docklands, don’t contact Southbank. They’re poorly performing and oversupplied with mass-produced flats.”

Propertyology discovered residential rental emptiness charges had skyrocketed yearly in Southbank (from 4.3 per cent to 16.6 per cent), Docklands (3.8 per cent to 16.1 per cent), the CBD (2.6 per cent to eight per cent) and South Yarra (2.4 per cent to six.2 per cent).

However a typical condominium in Southbank and South Yarra had gained lower than 1 per cent in worth annually of the previous decade, whereas Docklands models had declined 0.2 per cent.

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DISTRESSED RENTAL LISTINGS

1204/77 Queens Road, Melbourne:

One-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium with automotive park

Itemizing states lease “will likely be discounted to $225pw for the primary three months, then again to authentic value of $450pw remaining time period of the 12-month lease”

Level 14/421 Docklands Drive, Docklands:

One-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium with automotive park

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“$245pw for first three months, $385 per week onwards”

Stage 14/421 Docklands Drive, Docklands is in the marketplace at a reduced price for the primary three months of a tenancy.


2 & 4/3 Norwood Road, Caulfield North:

Two flats, each with two bedrooms one toilet, automotive park

$380pw with “first month lease free”

3/477 South Road, Bentleigh:

Two-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium with automotive park

$420pw with “one month free lease at finish of 12 month tenancy, plus an additional one week discount on the finish of 24 months”

“Hire-free durations” are being marketed to lure tenants to three/477 South Street, Bentleigh.


2612N/889 Collins Street, Docklands:

Two-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium with automotive park

$450pw, “discounted to $400pw for the primary six months”

15G/131 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne:

One-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium

$300pw with provide of “rent-free durations” and “discounted rents”

Whoever rents 15G/131 Lonsdale Road, Melbourne might additionally profit from “rent-free durations” and “discounted rents”.


704/53 Batman Street, West Melbourne

Two-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium

$300pw, however provides “discounted value for fast transfer in”

Supply: realestate.com.au

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