Adelaide's house rents have surged by $60 a week over the past year, and are now sitting at a median of $560 per week.

This represents a 1.8% increase over the December quarter and a significant 12% rise year-on-year.

By contrast, Melbourne and Hobart's median rents for houses were measured at $550 per week.

Melbourne experienced a 14.6% increase on the previous year while Hobart's rental prices have remained stable, according to Proptrack.

Why the disparity?

Melbourne's greater preference for apartment living has kept house rents in check, reflecting the city's urban lifestyle.

Hobart's housing market is cushioned by a higher proportion of owner-occupiers, owing to its older demographic, which reduces rental demand.

Adelaide's unit rents, however, have seen a 2.2% quarterly increase and a 9.5% annual jump, and now equal Hobart's at $460 per week —making them the most affordable in the country alongside Hobart's, and notably $60 less per week than Melbourne's.


For Adelaide tenants, the pinch may continue for some time

The rental crisis around Australia is not going away any time soon  — we're just not building enough accommodation to meet the strong demand for housing.

In fact, in most capitals, the rental sector is expected to remain robust, outpacing the sales market in 2024, which may see an increase in supply coming onto the market soon.

Of course, the difficulty in finding rental accommodation and the higher cost of renting could encourage more renters to transition to homeownership.

At a national level, Proptrack reports that house rents have climbed by 3.4% for the December quarter and 9.1% annually to $600 per week, with unit rents following suit recording a 1.8% quarterly and a 13.1% annual increase to $560 per week.

According to PropTrack's senior economist, Angus Moore, the rental market continues to be a challenge for tenants nationwide.

There were some signs rental growth was slowing, though.

“While rents are still growing very quickly, rent growth in 2023 was slower across the combined capital cities compared to 2022,” he said.

“As we head into what is typically the busiest time of year for rental markets in January, renters will, unfortunately, continue to face growing rents.

"There may be some relief on the horizon, with signs that growth is starting to ease.”

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