Real estate says renting will be hard
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