Real es­tate says rent­ing will be hard

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­

RES­I­DENTS across the Whit­sun­days have re­ported ren­tal short­ages in the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Deb­bie but lo­cal real es­tate agents have said it’s just the trend of the cur­rent mar­ket.

Ray White Whit­sun­day prin­ci­pal Mark Beale said af­ter hav­ing about 25 prop­er­ties ready to move into prior to the cy­clone, they only had a few ren­tal prop­er­ties cur­rently avail­able.

“Post-Cy­clone Deb­bie we now have no houses to rent and only about two apart­ments avail­able,” he said. “We ex­pect these will fill in the next two weeks and we will have a zero per cent va­cancy rate.”

PRD Whit­sun­day prin­ci­pal Christie Leet agreed that the ren­tal mar­ket had al­ready been “tight” be­fore Cy­clone Deb­bie hit.

“Ren­tal va­cancy has been de­clin­ing quite steadily over the last 12 months.

“Pre-cy­clone, there would have been a hand­ful of houses in the Whit­sun­day coast avail­able for rent and

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