The team Australia mantra has not been lost on Queensland landlords and property managers, with new research showing they have performed more than double the heavy lifting expected of them.
With over 1,200 REIQ property management member agencies surveyed throughout Queensland, the results show that only 6.05 per cent of residential rental tenants qualified as “COVID-19 impacted” under the state government’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Regulation.
This represents approximately 3,950 renters from a state total in excess of 577,000 residential tenancies.
Despite 3,950 tenants qualifying, over 10,800 tenants in Queensland have received rental assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said industry data like this is vital to help understand the essential nature of the real estate sector during unique circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its role in supporting the broader Queensland economy.
“The role our industry’s property managers have played throughout this pandemic is truly exemplary,” Ms Mercorella said.
A tenancy is generally deemed to be “COVID-19 impacted” if a tenant is impacted by COVID-19 in certain ways and, in addition, the tenant has suffered a loss of income of 25 per cent or more, or the rent payable is 30 per cent or more of a person’s income.
A majority of negotiations achieved a satisfactory outcome regarding temporary rent reductions, with fewer than 800 referred to the Residential Tenancies Authority for further conciliation.
The bulk of these temporary rent reduction reviews took place across Brisbane (37.2 per cent), Gold Coast (14.88 per cent),Coast (12.09 per cent) and Cairns (6.51 per cent), with the majority of tenants requiring a rent reduction of up to $100 per week (69.3 per cent).
A further 23.72 per cent of rental tenants have required a temporary rent reduction of up to $200, 5.12 per cent a reduction of up to $300, and 1.86 per cent a reduction of over $300 which represents just over 200 tenants.
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Only 6% of renters qualified as “COVID-19 impacted”: REIQ
A recent industry survey conducted by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) reveals that Property Managers across Queensland’s real estate industry have performed more than double the amount of ‘heavy lifting’ when it comes to rent negotiations between landlords and rental tenants.
This is outside of the Palaszczuk Government’s Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020.
REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella says industry data like this is vital to help understand the essential nature of the real estate sector during unique circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its role in supporting the broader Queensland economy. “This member survey aimed to identify a whole-of-industry snapshot in regards to the important role and to what scale our sector played in negotiating temporary reduced rents on behalf of more than 14,000 rental tenants with their landlords,” explains Ms. Mercorella. “Real estate professionals manage close to 600,000 Queensland households through property management services. The demand for more effective recognition of our industry during any future crisis of this nature is now more apparent, with property managers overseeing more than a double caseload of temporary rent reduction requests from tenants suddenly faced with the inability to fulfil their rent obligations.”
With over 1,200 REIQ property management member agencies surveyed throughout Queensland, the results show that only 6.05% of residential rental tenants qualified as “COVID-19 impacted” under the State Government’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Regulation. This represents approximately 3,950 renters from a State total in excess of 577,000 residential tenancies (Census, 2016). A tenancy is generally deemed to be “COVID-19 impacted” if a tenant is impacted by COVID-19 in certain ways and in addition, the tenant has suffered a loss of income of 25% or more, or the rent payable is 30% or more of a person’s income. A majority of negotiations achieved a satisfactory outcome regarding temporary rent reductions, with fewer than 800 referred to the Residential Tenancies Authority for further conciliation.
Furthermore, Property Managers proactively negotiated an additional 14% of temporary rent reduction requests beyond the COVID-19 Emergency Response Regulation, representing over 10,800 residential tenancies. That’s more than double the amount of qualified lease renegotiations recognised as ‘COVID-19 impacted.’ The bulk of these temporary rent reduction reviews took place across Brisbane (37.2%), Gold Coast (14.88%), Sunshine Coast (12.09%) and Cairns (6.51%) with the majority of tenants requiring a rent reduction of up to $100 per week (69.3%). A further 23.72% of rental tenants have required a temporary rent reduction of up to $200; 5.12% a reduction of up to $300; and, 1.86% a reduction of over $300 which represents just over 200 tenants.
“By the time the Prime Minister’s proposed protective measures for residential tenancies via a six-month moratorium on evictions reached the Palaszczuk Government, a highly-coordinated industry campaign for more fair and balanced protections for both tenants and landlords ensued,” says Ms. Mercorella. “However, the REIQ recognised that many rental tenants and landlords simply couldn’t wait. Large scale job losses were already in motion, with the entertainment, events, food and beverage, and tourism industries virtually grinding to a halt overnight. As a result, we were quick to work proactively with Property Managers across our member agencies to achieve an immediate framework of resources for tenants and property owners in significant financial distress to come together to negotiate temporary rent reductions in order reach an amicable outcome for both parties.
“The role our industry’s Property Managers have played throughout this pandemic is truly exemplary,” adds Ms. Mercorella.
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Gold Coast villa is Australia’s most popular Airbnb
A LUXURY Hinterland villa in Mount Nathan has been crowned Australia’s most popular Airbnb listing for 2017.
A STUNNING outlook over the lush green hinterland, a 25m lap pool set up for dive in movies, sunset views from the spa and you can bring your dog (or horse!).
A luxury hinterland villa in Mount Nathan has been named Australia’s most ‘wishlisted’ Airbnb, beating out capital city hot spots.
Topping the list for Australia, the Gold Coast residence is a “luxurious loft-style villa”, with room for 10 people, set on a sprawling four ha property and can be rented for $129 per night.
The host, former financial planner and Vanuatu expat, Kerri-Lea, is an equine enthusiast and there are horses on the property.
“This family plays polocrosse, has horses and stables with daily commitments,” according to the listing.
“The family home is the main house.”
They can also visit nearby award-winning Mount Nathan Winery, the Gold Coast’s theme parks, between a six to 10-minute drive away, or drive to our famous beaches in less than 30 minutes.
It’s listed in good company — the most popular listing in the UK was a Victorian castle, a sea cottage was Denmark’s ‘most wishlisted’, and a lakeside villa topped the travel bucket list in Switzerland.
The top gong comes as the Gold Coast Bulletin reported an Airbnb boom, tipped to contract the tight long-term rental market further as fewer properties are available.
Originally Published: www.news.com.au
Looking to rent? Don’t try this Coast suburb
CALOUNDRA vacancy rates are so tight, a rental can be listed and approved within 24 hours.
Its 0.6 percent vacancy rates are the tightest in the state compared to 1.4 percent for the Sunshine Coast and 2 percent for Brisbane surrounds.
The REIQ released its September quarter vacancy rates yesterday revealing a general tightening of most rental markets throughout regional Queensland as employment opportunities attract workers.
That trend is said to be responsible for the Coast’s low vacancy rates with a smorgasbord of new infrastructure bringing jobs.
Henzells Agency operations manager Katherine Allan said Caloundra West, Golden Beach, and Birtinya were the chief offenders.
“It is very difficult for potential tenants, specifically in the Caloundra West area, we have properties gone within a day,” Ms. Allan said.
“One early this week was listed at 3 pm and someone applied for it and is likely to be approved. They haven’t even seen the property and are going off online only.
“That makes it difficult, great for the landlords obviously.
“With Aura coming in and the new school, being in that catchment plays a massive factor. We have had a large number of inquiries from hospital workers too.”
She said it painted a great picture for potential investors who were spoilt for choice for tenants.
“Most landlords have a choice between multiple tenants and it comes down to past rental references,” she said.
“Some people tend to miss out, sometimes more than once. But we have a leasing consultant who works really hard to avoid that.
“Traditionally we find at this time of year the rates tend to slow down but it doesn’t appear like they will this time.”
Rockhampton, Livingstone and Gladstone shires had the highest rates at over 5.5 percent.
Originally Published: www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
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