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Dec 18, 2022

Residential rents in capital city Australia are 24% higher than a year ago, according to the latest Rents Index from SQM Research.

Five of the eight capital cities have recorded annual growth of 20% or more in their rents, headed by Sydney which is up 28%.

Close behind is Melbourne which is up 24%, Brisbane 23% and both Perth and Adelaide where residential rents have increased 20%.

Canberra, Hobart and Darwin have recorded more moderate increases in rents, according to the SQM index.

The figures provide further evidence of the impact of record low vacancy rates across Australia – and the difficulties facing residential tenants around the country.