Report outlines dire rental state


The nation’s poorest citizens are struggling to find secure rentals amid a chronic shortage in affordable properties, according to a new report released by Anglicare Australia.

The Rental Affordability Snapshot of over 69,000 rental listings around the country found:

  • 317 rentals were affordable for a single person on the Disability Support Pension

  • 75 rentals were affordable for a single parent with one child on Newstart

  • 2 rentals were affordable for a single person in a property or share house on Newstart

  • 1 rental was affordable for a single person in a property or share house on Youth Allowance

  • 0 rentals were affordable for a single person on Newstart or Youth Allowance in any major city or regional centre

Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers said that the rental crisis is getting worse. “Housing in Australia is broken. Our figures show that affordability is down across the board,” Ms Chambers said. “There is a huge shortage of secure, affordable rentals. That’s causing record levels of rental stress and even homelessness.

“And now we’re seeing older Australians are getting stuck in expensive and insecure rentals – at a time in their life when they need stability more than ever.

The release of the report comes after the Mayors of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide met last week to call on the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to act on the worsening homelessness and affordability crisis affecting their cities.

The report is available here.

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