In a market already tilted in favour of landlords, these apps could further push up prices.
For the majority of Australia’s renters, housing will remain unaffordable, insecure, and out of reach following the 2017-18 federal budget.
For renting to become a truly viable, long-term alternative to home ownership, greater rental affordability and security is needed.
Any significant decline in home ownership or equity in a home impacts higher care needs: older people will not have an asset to sell to fund the bonds required to enter aged care accommodation.
Business Briefing: how the attitudes of the next generation are changing the property market.
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There's been a shift in attitudes to the property market over generations, from owning a home as a right, to owning a home as a commodity.
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.
Renting makes financial sense in a number of circumstances; it's time to move away from the obsession with home ownership.
The effects of unaffordable housing cascade into other areas of life, in particular, affecting mental health.
By focusing on intergenerational inequalities that will eventually be reversed, we are framing the housing affordability question the wrong way.
Improving energy efficiency is not an option for a significant number of people in Australia – renters.
People who engage in rent-to-buy schemes might not be protected under law and are often left in unaffordable situations.
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.
The results of changing negative gearing are not as straight-forward as the government suggests.
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.
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.
It is now possible to imagine Australia having a national affordable housing strategy, backed by funding, by the end of 2016.
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Miliband's plans to stop landlords hiking up rents won't fix the housing supply problem.
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.