Parents and children rarely put agreements about granny flats in writing and almost never consult a lawyer. But when these arrangements go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for all.
It's natural to assume that a downturn in the property market is good news for people who've been priced out of the market. In practice, they might still not be able to buy a home.
As more and more Australians live and work in high-rise buildings, their responsibilities and roles in ensuring all occupants' safety must not be neglected.
If we recognised social housing as infrastructure as essential as transport links, schools and hospitals, not properly investing in it could become unthinkable.
While Opal Tower residents are more badly affected than most, up to 80% of multi-unit buildings have serious defects. Here's what government can do right now to fix the industry.
The government has had to rethink its roll-out of Universal Credit – but small tweaks to the system won't prevent people on housing benefit from being evicted.
The Conversation has assembled a forecasting team of 19 academic economists from 12 universities across six states. Together, they assign a 25% probability to a recession within two years.
Housing policy needs to prioritise housing's function as a home, rather than an asset.
Tiny houses aren't for everyone, but most people who live in them are positive about the experience. Yet planning laws still make this way of life harder and less secure than it could be.
As it approaches the election, the government's economic pitch on its
record is being linked to the argument that the Coalition is the best
manager in uncertain times.
Young people can make big savings living with their parents, but it throws up some thorny issues.
Building defects in apartment blocks are far from unusual. We need to identify the systemic flaws contributing to them.
Prices are off, but from unprecedented highs. It could be a one-time adjustment.
Living in shared rooms is on the rise, because it's more affordable – and more profitable for landlords. But it's also a more precarious, often overcrowded and poorly regulated form of housing.
It's time to ditch this divisive label, and recognise the real cause of housing inequality.
The Conversation played host to really important new ideas in 2018. Some will take years to develop. Others will never come to fruition. But they're important.
Windows help those who can't get out understand and participate in the world around them.
Shambolic rollout of new recording system for people at risk of homelessness means statistics shouldn't be trusted.
Failure by South Africa's municipalities to provide housing for the poor violates a Constitutional Court ruling.
Asian Australians experience high levels of racism. Almost six in ten Asia-born Australians report having had experiences of discrimination when trying to rent or buy housing.