Despite weekly rents across Australia’s capital cities remaining steady over May, annual rental growth still remains in negative territory.

Released yesterday, CoreLogic’s latest Rent Review has shown the combined capital city rental rates remained at $489 per week for houses and $469 per week for units during May; however rents were 0.3% lower year-on-year compared to May 2015.

Cameron Kusher, CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher, said current weakness in the rental market is likely to persist for some time.

“It is anticipated that the weakness in the rental market will persist and where on an annual basis, we’ll see rents fall further over coming months,” Kusher said.

“Since we started tracking annual rent changes back in 1996, the May 2016 results represent the lowest annual change on record,” he said.

Source: CoreLogic

Kusher said there was a range of factors that have played a part in the weakening of rental conditions.

“A number of factors such as the softest wages growth on record have contributed to this slow down,” he said.

“At the same time, we also saw unit construction hit record high levels and a lack of population growth which has contributed to a lesser demand for rentals.

The year-on-year fall in rents was driven mainly by the continual deterioration of conditions in Perth and Darwin.

In the 12 months to May, rents fell 16.9% in Darwin and 8.8% in Perth, while smaller falls of 0.9% were also recorded in Brisbane and Adelaide.

The remaining capital cities did see rents grow in the 12 months to May, however it was mostly subdued.

Hobart saw the highest annual growth rate at 3.7%, followed by Melbourne at 2.9% while rents grew in Sydney and Canberra by 0.9% and 0.1% respectively.

The slow rate of rental growth, along with strong capital growth seen in many markets recently has also impacted rental yields.

Source: CoreLogic

At a combined capital city level, gross rental yields were recorded at 3.3% for houses in May 2016 and at 4.2% for units, both of which are record lows.

Rental yields are lowest for houses in Melbourne (2.9%) and highest in Hobart (5.3%).

Unit yields are lowest in Sydney at 4.0% and highest in Hobart at 5.5%.

House yields are at record lows in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra while unit yields are at a record low in Sydney