Tarsha Johnstone, Principal of Property Management Plus, says landlords have held back on raising rents.
Tarsha Johnstone, Principal of Property Management Plus, says landlords have held back on raising rents.

Gympie renters getting a fair deal

GYMPIE home rental prices are relatively stable, in line with much of the state.

In Mt Isa rentals have dropped by $30 and in some areas of Brisbane they have risen by $40, according to median rental data released by the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA).

Tarsha Johnstone, principal of Property Management Plus, says Gympie rentals may have crept up by $5 or $10, however, overall not much has changed in the last six months.

The RTA data shows that trend is consistent across most regional areas with Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Toowoomba offering rental homes in much the same average price range as Gympie — around $250 to $270.

Tarsha said there had been no significant price hikes locally and no real shortage of rental homes in the region although centrally located homes were always popular.

Melissa Walker Horn, property manager for Gympie Regional Reality said because landlords had held back on raising their rents, they were seeking small increases at renewal.

“We always have a shortage of rental units and when you list anything for $200 and below you will be swamped with calls,” she said.

At the other end of the scale, larger, executive style homes are also keenly sought, particularly at the beginning of the year.

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