Leasing across Perth's rental market increased by 17 per cent in August, according to new data from the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia.

All five sub-regions had a rise in leased properties last month and the biggest increases were in the Central and North West areas, which were up 19 and 17.4 per cent, respectively. REIWA president Hayden Groves said the surge in activity was coupled with a three per cent drop in…