Accommodation in Brisbane
Queensland is one of the states driving the strong Australian economy, having growth sectors in several industries. Jobs are attracting skilled workers to Australia from Europe, which 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 housing in Brisbane
There are a few different options for 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. Due to high demand, properties are snapped up quickly in the city.
Resources like 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 – for instance, real estate agents often have access to property listings before they go on the open market and will have a good knowledge of the city.
Renting property 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. Many properties are managed through an agent, and references will usually be required.
Rent for accommodation in Brisbane is payable monthly and is typically payable at the end of each month to the real estate agent or landlord. Utility bills are usually not included in the rental price and are the responsibility of the tenant to pay.