Due to Queensland's strong economy and abundance of jobs, this prosperous state are attracting skilled workers from all over the world. This, in turn, has created a high demand for accommodation and rental properties in Brisbane.
Expats looking for accommodation in Brisbane can make their task a great deal easier by having a clear, yet somewhat flexible, idea of what they're looking for in terms of location, price and size.
Types of accommodation in Brisbane
There are a few different types of accommodation in Brisbane. There are apartments (known locally as flats), units (small modern houses), and traditional "Queenslanders" (one- or two-storey weatherboard houses with verandas).
The majority of properties are rented unfurnished, and even the most expensive rental properties rarely come with built-in white label appliances, such as a fridge or washing machine.
Finding accommodation in Brisbane
When it comes to house hunting, expats can either go it alone or enlist the help of an agent. Expats arriving in Brisbane should begin the accommodation hunt as soon as possible. It's often best to stay in short-term accommodation at first while looking for something more permanent. Due to high demand, properties are snapped up quickly in the city and it may take a bit of time to not only find but also get approval to rent the perfect home.
Resources such as local newspapers and online property portals can be useful for those searching independently. Alternatively, working with a real-estate agent can make the process simpler and may yield better results – agents often have access to property listings before they go on the open market and will have a good knowledge of the city.
Renting accommodation in Brisbane
Viewings for Brisbane accommodation are usually at set times and if the property is well-priced, expats should expect to be viewing it with as many as a dozen other people. To avoid the crowds, it's best to go to weekday viewings during working hours rather than after-hours or weekend viewings.
Many properties are managed through an agent, and references will usually be required in addition to extensive proof-of-identity documentation. Since the market moves so fast, it's advisable that expats research and prepare what they will need ahead of time so that they are ready to submit at any time.
Rent for accommodation in Brisbane is payable monthly or fortnightly, and rental listings may list the per-week price rather than the per-month price, so expats should be sure to double-check if a particular figure seems too good to be true. Utility bills are usually not included in the rental price and are the responsibility of the tenant to pay.