The Pros and Cons of Renting A Townhouse

When it comes to finding the perfect Perth rental, tenants usually decide between houses and apartments, but make sure you don’t forget about the possibility of renting a Perth townhouse.

Townhouses are becoming an increasingly popular choice as they are the perfect middle ground between the efficiency of an apartment and the privacy of a house. Here are the pros and cons of renting a Perth townhouse.

The pros of renting a townhouse

Low maintenance garden

A Perth townhouse usually entails access to a small garden or yard. This means you won’t have to spend your precious free time maintaining a large garden, while simultaneously still having the outdoor space to entertain guests, have a few plants, or allow the kids to play. Essentially, it’s the best of both worlds.


Townhouses tend to be more expensive than apartments but cheaper than free-standing houses, meaning that townhouses offer excellent value for money when compared to houses with the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms. It also means you may be able to rent a townhouse in an area where you can’t afford to rent a house.


For those who are conscious of the bigger picture, renting a townhouse is an efficient and sustainable option. The layout of townhouses improves thermal efficiency, meaning that by reducing the number of external walls per building, the exposure to heat from the summer sun is reduced and the loss of heat during winter is minimised. This improves both affordability and sustainability, ensuring townhouses are an efficient use of land.

The cons of renting a townhouse

Split-level design

The split-level design of townhouses can be a blessing or a curse. Having your living space spread over two or three floors is great for creating a sense of privacy and personal space; for example, shift workers or light sleepers can sleep upstairs while the other tenants relax downstairs. However, the split-level design can also make space seem limited and feel claustrophobic at times. Lastly, don’t forget that the extra floors mean extra flights of stairs.

Less privacy and more restrictions due to close proximity to neighbours

It’s difficult to ignore the fact that when renting a Perth townhouse, the only thing separating you and your neighbours is a wall. While this is great for befriending your neighbours, it can be a nuisance for those who value their privacy or frequently enjoy entertaining guests. The close proximity to your neighbours means you’ll have to be wary of noise restrictions at all times of the day.

The extra costs

While townhouses offer great value for money when compared to houses with the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms, they do also come with additional costs associated with sharing a building and facilities, such as maintenance of the common areas and sometimes insurance. These additional costs will depend on the condition of the townhouse development, its features, and the location.

Find the best rental for you with Rentwest

At Rentwest, we’re dedicated to helping you find a Perth rental that is perfect for your lifestyle. Whether it’s a Perth townhouse, apartment or house, our expert team will help you with everything from deciding what is the best option for you to finding the perfect rental property. To find out more about our property management solutions, get in touch with us at 08 9314 9888 or email us at

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