Since the 1980s, Australia’s housing market has become a ‘closed shop’ that expands the wealth of existing home owners and investors. Alison Pennington traces the changes – and suggests another way.
A scholar who examines the impact of property ownership explains why purchasing a home comes with many moral obligations.
A drop in gas prices helped tame inflation in December 2022. But grocery prices and housing costs continued to rise.
Renting can be a challenge for environmentally conscious tenants, but there are several ways you can save energy while remaining on good terms with your landlord.
Tenancy law and rent raises are complex - an expert breaks it down.
Canadians need to take steps to better address the financial insecurity of seniors. Otherwise, Canada may encounter a growing tide of desperate seniors in the near future.
We need more research and research capacity that’s better suited to current housing challenges. We must inform housing providers and policy-makers to provide solutions and evaluate those solutions.
Understanding the experiences of van dwellers is important not just for those looking to cut their ties to rents and mortgages, but also for community planners and employers.
Homes are now not only places to live, but also pensions, savings accounts and social care plans.
Australia’s renters have been given a six-month moratorium from evictions for not paying rent. Some states and territories are offering other assistance.
Millions of Australians are struggling with unaffordable housing. It’s a systemic problem that’s been decades in the making, and only concerted system-wide reforms will fix it.
Renting can be more restrictive than you might think.
Two-thirds of tenants in Australia rent through an agent, so making a good impression on the agent matters. Certain characteristics count in tenants’ favour, but some factors are beyond their control.
The number of older renters is growing – and much less is known about their experiences in the expensive and insecure private rented sector.
Once rent is paid, having to live on only $14 a day doesn’t cover the costs of job seeking. The evidence of the need to increase Newstart and Rent Allowance is overwhelming.
Data show that low turn-out also happens in seats with a high proportion of Indigenous people, and seats with a high proportion of renters.
While politicians ignore calls to raise Newstart, alarming levels of financial stress among private renters, particularly in low-rent outer suburbs, show why current welfare payments are too low.
A survey of food bank users found nearly 60% couldn’t afford to adequately heat their homes.
Landlords could have a big impact on public health, if they help their tenants to feel at home.
The right to rent scheme has been found by the high court to breach human rights. What’s more, it doesn’t work, and can prevent society’s most vulnerable from finding a home.