High rents have brought Aussie furniture chain Focus on Furniture into administration.

McGrathNicol, who took control of the business last week have said the furniture chain’s decline was caused by high rents and unprofitable operations in New South Wales and Queensland.

“As an urgent priority, we will be conducting a review of options for the business, including a possible exit of unprofitable stores in New South Wales and Queensland,” said McGrathNicol partner Barry Kogan.

“It is clear that Focus on Furniture outlets in these states are struggling to compete effectively and on a profitable basis in the face of unsustainably high rents.”

The administrators have not yet announced which stores will be closed.

Focus on furniture has 38 retail outlets and four distribution centres across Australia.