Why We Can Expect Slower Rent Growth in 2024
Rent growth has been on a steady climb for 35 months nationally, reaching an all-time high in July. There has, however, been a noticeable easing in rent increases over the past four months. “Days vacant” and rental enquiry levels have normalised, even decreased in some areas, and application numbers have declined since the July peak.
So, what does 2024 hold for the rental market?
Three Factors to Watch
The Broader Impact
Several market indicators point to an impending slowdown in rent growth. Cities like Canberra are already seeing a decline in rents, and other areas like Hobart and Melbourne may soon follow suit. This is further supported by internal migration trends; renters are moving to more affordable areas, thus reducing demand in pricier markets.
The Need for Reform
While the expected slowdown in rent growth is noteworthy, it's not a cure-all for rental affordability challenges. Ambitious initiatives, like the Federal Government aiming to build 1.2 million homes over the next five years, can go a long way in making rents more manageable. As we’ve discussed in this blog previously - supply is fundamentally the most significant factor in this issue.
The Victorian State Government released its “Long-term Housing Plan” this week, which included a raft of initiatives designed to ease the pressures on housing.
We welcome many of these proposals - it is, for the most part, a positive and meaningful policy set.
That is, however, contingent on the delivery of the promised outcomes. This is a policy area that, at both the Federal and State level, governments have disappointed the Australian people in recent decades Let’s hope this time it is different.