Out of towners tighten rental market

The three bedroom home in Kathleen Crescent, Beaudesert was offered at $550 a week and required a $2200 bond.
The three bedroom home in Kathleen Crescent, Beaudesert was offered at $550 a week and required a $2200 bond.

FAMILIES searching for an affordable property to rent are moving further and further away from the densely populated areas of South East Queensland and the Beaudesert region has become one of their target areas.

The result of the influx of out of area rental applicants has impacted Beaudesert properties making them even harder to acquire.

On Monday, January 29 realestate.com listed 19 properties available for rent in the region ranging in cost from a small unit in Albert Street, Beaudesert for $310 up to $750 for an 8ha property at Allenview.

While 19 might seem a reasonable number, an investigation into how easy the properties might be to acquire revealed that almost every listing would be gone before the week was out.

Some might even last less than 24 hours.

Beaudesert Properties Principal, Jamie Douglas, said he was receiving a constant stream of applications and even before they reached his desk he had a waiting list of 20 or more families wanting first pick.

“It gets emotional when you have to tell desperate people that they have missed out on the property they have set their hearts on,” he said.

When asked what was the secret to getting in front of the rental queue he said people needed to apply in person at the respective real estate agency before a property came on the market.

“They need to treat it as though they were applying for a job they desperately needed.

“They also need to have all their paperwork done with good personal and credit references.”

While it’s getting tougher in the Beaudesert Region to rent a property it isn’t any easier in nearby Logan.

Property Manager at Century 21 in Browns Plains, Michelle Hales, said anything they listed was gone before the week was out with numerous applicants battling to be chosen.

“We are finding it extremely difficult to even get affordable listings,” she said.

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