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Rental affordability worsens for lowest income earners

Posted 1 May 2018 08:00PM

Anglicare Australia's annual Rental Affordability Snapshot is designed to highlight the lived experience of looking for housing while on a low income. It focuses on the Australian population who earn the least income – Commonwealth benefit recipients and minimum wage earners.

Each year in April, Anglicare Australia agencies across Australia search local newspapers and real estate websites for rental accommodation.

And each year the results clearly demonstrate the lack of affordable and appropriate housing for people on low incomes.

In 2018 it is clear that "our housing system is failing millions of Australians. Rents have been rising much faster than people’s incomes. And we don’t have enough secure, affordable rentals. This year’s Rental Affordability Snapshot shows that we need action now to stop more and more people from falling into rental stress and hardship.

This year we surveyed over 67,000 rental listings across Australia and found that there is a chronic shortage of affordable rentals across Australia."

This year's snapshot is available in full online at www.anglicare-ras.com