“Looking for one girl to share a master room with another 3 girls.”
Screenshot from Gumtree ad, August 19 2017, 11:58
City living costs are driving people to organise themselves to share a room with strangers. These precarious living arrangements hardly qualify as a home.
The impact of Airbnb varies from city to city and suburb to suburb.
About 10% of empty dwellings on census night – 1.2% of all housing – were available for rental and vacancy rates have changed little in 35 years. Could governments be overreacting?
Around one in seven Australia households either cannot get into housing at market rates or are struggling to pay the rent.
One in seven Australian households is in a state of housing need. A shortfall in social housing supply means some are locked out of the market and others pay much more for rent than they can afford.
It is not well appreciated that the requirements of affordable housing are related to – but not the same as – those for housing affordability.
New research reveals outdated concepts and thinking are shaping Australia’s troubled housing system.
Households are not competing on equal terms in the private rental market – their perceptions of insecurity vary according to their means, location and reasons for renting.
Private renters' security of tenure in Australia has less legal protection than in other countries with high private rental rates. A new study reveals mixed responses to this state of uncertainty.
The Rental Vulnerability Index for Queensland shows the cumulative impact of factors affecting renters across the state.
City Futures Research Centre
Almost nowhere in our capital cities can low-income households – and those on average incomes in Sydney – afford the median rent. Mapping rental vulnerability finds it in regional areas too.
Even properties at the lower end of the market are beyond the means of most people on low fixed incomes.
Only a small proportion of housing is affordable for low-income earners, while people on Newstart or Youth Allowance don't have any affordable options at all.
Not all renters will be able to become – or want to become – home owners.
For renting to become a truly viable, long-term alternative to home ownership, greater rental affordability and security is needed.
Scott Morrison says the response on housing must be comprehensive.
Scott Morrison will renew his warnings against tampering with negative gearing, in a speech on Monday.
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.
On current trends, renters will eventually outnumber home buyers, representing a fundamental shift in how the economy and wealth generation work.
Generation Rent may force a complete rethinking of home ownership as a basis of our housing systems. Rather than representing security, these housing markets make us vulnerable.
Renters worry that asking their landlords for better insulated homes could cause a rent hike.
In the unregulated Australian rental housing market, rental leases are almost always short term.
The need for new housing solutions for these low-income groups is clearly a pressing requirement.