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Hi all,

just after some thoughts on the renting situation in Sydney at the moment.

My son has been offered a job at The Royal North Shore Hospital, now we are waiting to hear if it is a 6 or 12 month contract.

His girlfriend will be pursuing jobs in the cbd area I would think. HR type roles.

Now, in normal times they would pop across and have a reccy but with covid and quarantine that can’t happen.

Has anyone any recent experience of the renting scene in Sydney in terms of competitiveness etc.

I’ve had a look at some older posts which have been helpful in terms of areas and looked at bus and train lines etc.

It may be if it’s only 6 months they’ll look at a house share until they have more definite plans.

Only need a 1 bedder, $500 ish per week maybe. In their 20s.

They are obviously going to do their own research but just thought I’d reach out to the forum in case anyone had some recent experience.

Cheers!

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Hi, 

son and partner have had no issues renting apartments, they should be fine.

 

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I can tell you what Sydney was like for renting pre-Covid:   flats are typically "open for inspection" on a Saturday, and most agents won't arrange a personal viewing just for you. They may occasionally have an extra viewing during the week, either a lunchtime or a 5.30 view.  You need to spend the week monitoring the internet, finding the properties you'd like to see and work out which ones you can get to (allowing for travelling times between).  You need to plan with military precision because with each flat only being open 15 minutes, you can't afford to be late.  There will typically be long queues of people to see anything decent in a nice suburb - be ready to submit an application on the spot if you like it.   

Unlike Melbourne, 6 month contracts are very common - with some agents, it's even the standard.  

Covid has made things a lot less competitive, because a lot of flats that would normally be occupied by students or AirBnB are empty.  A lot of young people who've lost their jobs in hospitality or the arts have gone back to living at home, leaving more flats vacant in young, trendy suburbs (which would be to your son's advantage).  

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Also!

will agents be ok with a work contract(12 months) rather than payslips? 
his girlfriend is on furlough so presumably will have payslips but will also have a new contract for a new job.

 

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15 hours ago, Amber Snowball said:

Also!

will agents be ok with a work contract(12 months) rather than payslips? 
his girlfriend is on furlough so presumably will have payslips but will also have a new contract for a new job.

 

Yes

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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