Public housing tenants are much more likely than renters in other sectors to struggle to get repair and maintenance done.
Grenfell Tower residents tragically got the world's attention only after a disastrous fire. So what would public housing residents in Australia say about their living conditions?
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.
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.
Only Tasmania and South Australia have introduced legislation that provides for minimum standards in rental properties.
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With tenancy laws under review, a ruling that landlords must maintain residential premises in good repair even if dilapidated is hailed as a 'landmark' decision. That tells us reform is needed.
In countries where many if not most households have pets, ‘no pets’ rental policies are a serious obstacle to housing security.
Landlords and property agents often apply 'no pets' rules even though many households see them as part of the family. Their difficulty in finding rental housing then becomes a source of great stress.
For many people, renting is preferable to buying, but many of Australia’s institutions don’t reflect that choice.
Australia is the world capital for property speculation. Australians play property like Monopoly: buying, selling, demolishing, rebuilding, extending, renovating, always with the promise of appreciation…
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…