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Rents in capital cities continue to increase

Demand for rental properties remains high in inner city suburbs across Australia, a real estate group says. Low vacancy rates, improving employment, the end of the first home buyers' grant and last year's string of rate increases have contributing to the hikes.

Sydney recorded the steepest increases with the inner-city suburbs Glebe, Randwick, and Potts Point all recording rent rises of at least 11 per cent, compared with this time last year, RUN Property data shows. Average weekly rent across the city is $534, according to the figures.

The highest performing suburb in Australia was Sydney's Neutral Bay, where rents for new tenancies jumped by more than 12 per cent, compared with this time last year.

"Many tenants are "staying put'' because research continued to show that rent increases are greatest when tenants move out and the property is advertised for lease,'' Run Property CEO Rob Farmer said.

In Melbourne, the suburbs of Armadale, Glen Iris and Kew were star performers, where rents increased by at least 10 per cent, followed by Fitzroy, Essendon, Fairfield, Brunswick and Moonee Ponds, which recorded rent rises of 9 per cent or more.

In Brisbane, Nundah recorded the greatest rent increase of 5.9 per cent, followed by Clayfield, St Lucia and Logan Central, which all had increases of at least five per cent.

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