Any attempt to improve security for tenants should not deprive them, or their landlords, of the flexibility that many also want.
Any attempt to improve security for tenants should not deprive them, or their landlords, of the flexibility that many also want. The key problem is landlords' ability to give notice without a reason.
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Renting makes financial sense in a number of circumstances; it's time to move away from the obsession with home ownership.
Around 1.3 million households receive government rent assistance.
The effects of unaffordable housing cascade into other areas of life, in particular, affecting mental health.
The renting class faces the unrelenting burden of ever-rising rents.
By focusing on intergenerational inequalities that will eventually be reversed, we are framing the housing affordability question the wrong way.
Getting your heating upgraded in a rental can be a nightmare.
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Improving energy efficiency is not an option for a significant number of people in Australia – renters.
Some home buyers can’t afford to go through the regular channels so the rent-to-buy deals appeal to them.
People who engage in rent-to-buy schemes might not be protected under law and are often left in unaffordable situations.
A national housing policy is needed that recognises how all the sectors – buying, renting, investing, social housing or homeless – are connected.
A decent national housing policy is not just about the million or so Australians who are in housing need, marginal housing or homeless. In reality, all the housing sectors are connected.
Labor’s proposals could address housing affordability.
The results of changing negative gearing are not as straight-forward as the government suggests.
Subprime loans could ease not only the housing affordability crisis but rising homelessness as well.
The Hollywood flick recalls subprime's role in the 2008 financial crisis, but, by helping more low-income households buy a home, the loans can help ease the affordability crisis and homelessness.
When would-be renters enquire about a property, their ethnicity can make a significant difference to how the agent responds.
An experiment compared the experience of Anglo, Indian and Muslim Middle Eastern "renters" looking for housing. The differences in how they were treated were significant.
Soaring capital city rents have left 42% of households still in ‘housing stress’ despite getting Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
It is now possible to imagine Australia having a national affordable housing strategy, backed by funding, by the end of 2016.
Australians are living and working longer, marrying later and earning more that past generations.
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Financial stress is more likely to cause Australians to drop out of home ownership. Why?
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Miliband's plans to stop landlords hiking up rents won't fix the housing supply problem.
Feeding the beast?
George Osborne's bid to boost home ownership in Britain might look like an effort to give young people a leg-up onto the housing ladder, but the evidence suggests they will be sorely disappointed.
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Why not rent instead?
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A government guarantee could attract more private investment into affordable housing.
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The proportion of renters is now roughly equal to the numbers of outright home owners.
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For all our talk about housing affordability, few people want house prices to drop. That’s because most Australians are home owners, and much of our wealth is stored in housing. But recent figures released…