Air could come rushing out of the housing market all at once.
The Reserve Bank is worried that a further tightening of lending standards could take the air out of the housing bubble quickly. Here's how.
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Record numbers of families rent privately in England. But the law has not kept a fair balance between landlord and tenant rights.
Fewer than than 5% of renters are unhappy with their landlord, but rent can be expensive.
Most renters are happy with their landlords and happy with the quality of their accommodation, but they would like better security of tenure and cheaper rent.
Sensible design can dramatically reduce waste of a renovation.
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Renovations can create more waste than new constructions – but they don't have to.
The Melbourne Apartments Project developed by the Barnett Foundation offered 28 units to households living within 4km of the site and willing to leave their social housing.
Shared equity models have a dual benefit of making home ownership affordable for people on modest incomes and freeing up scarce social housing for other households in need.
Uncapped rent increases and ‘no grounds’ evictions leave older women particularly at risk of substandard housing conditions or even homelessness.
Proposed changes to NSW rental tenancy law are an improvement, but do not end the excessive rent increases and "no grounds" evictions that put renters – and older women in particular – at risk.
The right of landlords to terminate a lease with no grounds is the most serious deficiency in residential tenancy laws in New South Wales.
Residential tenancy reforms are before the NSW parliament, but a key reform is missing. In this open letter, housing academics call for an end to landlords' power to terminate leases with 'no grounds'.
As the dream of home ownership eludes more and more older Australians, this has big implications for retirement, pensions and government spending on rental assistance.
Until now most people have eventually owned a home. But two trends – falling ownership and a growing aged population – will put the budgets of retirees and government under real pressure.
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Caggara House in Brisbane caters for low-income residents aged 55 and over who previously lived alone in state-owned houses that were too big for their needs.
Much of the innovation in providing social housing is coming from community housing providers around the country. And it's desperately needed given the state of housing inequality in Australia.
Whether there is a floor beneath which cuts in interest rate are ineffective depends in part on house prices.
It is thought that it doesn't help much to cut official interest rates toward or beyond zero, and maybe it doesn't, but new research suggests the answer has a lot to do with the housing market.
The southern elevation of Two Pavilion House, showing the separate pavilions that give the house its flexibility.
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People living with the change and uncertainty of this century need flexible and adaptable housing. Here we look at a couple of examples of what's possible.
House prices in London fell by 0.6% in June after years of high growth.
The housing boom increased wealth gains for affluent households while rising housing costs undermined income gains for less affluent households.
The Productivity Commission neglected the impact of housing costs. After allowing for these costs, the top 10% of households' average disposable income grew at 2.7 times the rate of the bottom 10%.
Local councils across Australia are concerned about a shortage of affordable housing, but feel the problem is beyond local government’s capacity to solve.
A national survey shows councils know much of the housing in their local areas isn't affordable. But providing affordable housing is not a priority because they see it as being beyond their means.
More families are living in high-rise apartments.
Urban policies are based on assumptions of a "normal household" and what buildings for it should look like. So this research project explored how people feel about children in high-density housing.
In Canberra you can build on land you don’t own.
In Canberra you can build on land you don't own, and it's cheaper.
Tenants on benefits are left with few options.
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Administrative errors and negative stereotypes lead landlords to discriminate against people on housing benefit.
A house of one’s own.
The right to housing is enshrined in law in the Netherlands and South Africa – so what would it look like in the UK?
Converting existing larger homes into smaller units could provide options for older people wanting to stay in their neighbourhood.
As the number of older people is expected to double by 2050 in most countries, architects are exploring how existing housing stocks could be turned into affordable shared retirement homes.