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Private Rental Housing

Supported by Swinburne University's Centre for Urban Transitions, this collection contains government, academic and other sector reports as well as media discussion about the financing, development and supply of rental housing, tenant access and rental property management in Australia.

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Private Rental Housing

Video program

12 Sep 2017

This New Zealand documentary from Bryan Bruce investigates the reasons house prices have soared while the home ownership rate is falling. The result is there are people sleeping in cars and "rental refugees" in Whangarei.

In considering causes, Bruce reflects "My dad was a postman and my...

Research report

30 May 2016

Private rental brokerage programs (PRBPs) are a key pillar of support for disadvantaged people accessing and sustaining private rental. This is in addition to more formal private rental assistance programs delivered by state and territory governments; and Commonwealth financial assistance in the...

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Research report

23 Dec 2015

The private rental sector has grown significantly and is now home to more than 1.8 million Australian households. This growth has been linked to higher demand from households who are taking longer to save for a house deposit, as well as more strictly rationed public housing. Despite this growth...

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Article

04 Aug 2015

It’s almost impossible to go a day in Sydney without having at least one conversation about property prices. The city is consumed with property prices, with news of record sales figures on our screens and in the newspapers almost every night. But even though we’re all talking about it, most of...

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Research report

10 Jun 2015

The research sought to measure  whether lower income households are able to access housing which is ‘affordable’ based on weekly rent of no more than 30 per cent of gross household income and ‘available’ referring to the extent to which affordable dwellings are in fact occupied by lower income...

Discussion paper

29 May 2015

Institutional investors currently play a negligible role in the private rental market in Australia. Their lack of involvement in the private rental sector has been described as a structural
weakness in the Australian rental market, and is at variance with institutional investment in...

Research report

03 Mar 2015

Efforts to engage institutional investment in rental housing provision were badly damaged by the 2014 termination of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS); yet lessons can be learned from the NRAS initiative and these should inform a successor program.

 

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Discussion paper

08 Dec 2014

As part of the Government’s Economic Action Strategy, the recently released Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda (IICA) brings together and builds on the Government’s economic reform efforts to make the most of Australia’s strengths and business opportunities. The IICA provides a...

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Research report

07 Dec 2014

Examines the supply of, and demand for, private rental dwellings affordable to lower income households in 2011 and compared this with the situation in 2006.

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Almost one in four Australian households rent their housing in the...

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Research report

15 Oct 2014

This report presents information on trends and issues in housing policy, housing affordability and housing assistance provided to populations with special needs.

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Secure and affordable housing is fundamental to the wellbeing of Australians. It provides a...

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Research report

30 Sep 2014

Explores the factors influencing tenant choices to remain in or depart from public housing.

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Falling tenancy turnover rates over the last decade have resulted in declining vacancies available to applicants in high need. To address this...

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Research report

20 Aug 2014

This report shows that over 1 million people are living in private rental accommodation in Victoria. These tenants occupy around a quarter of all households across the state.

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The TUV has analysed ABS Census data from 2011 and identified the "average‟...

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Journal article

16 Jun 2014

This article proposes that single housing tenure categories do not enable an understanding of the ways in which households use, occupy and own residential properties in the context of broad demographic, economic and social changes.Adapting work on sub-tenure housing choice, housing tenure is...

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Research report

07 Apr 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: As home ownership rates decline across all age cohorts, the suboptimal quantity, allocation, and security of housing opportunities in the rental market has received increasing policy attention. To date, fiscal strategies for attracting investment towards...

Research report

12 Mar 2014

Despite the plethora of rental research, a significant gap remains in understanding the relationship between rental housing and ‘transport disadvantage’. This project analyses the changing spatial concentration of lower-income renter households in Melbourne and Sydney and connects this with...

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08 Nov 2013

This report looks at trends in housing and housing assistance provided by governments in Australia in 2012-13.

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Having a safe place to live is important to all Australians. Stable and secure housing contributes to a range of essential benefits...

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Research report

29 Jul 2013

Increased demand from students, retirees and families excluded from private rental have put new pressures on marginal rental accommodation. However residents—especially those with high needs—remain vulnerable in this tenure and often experience poor management, lack of safety and low quality or...

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Research report

29 Jul 2013

An increasing proportion of Australians are now renting privately, many for over 10 years or more. Long-term renters experience higher levels of housing stress and are less likely to feel part of the community. Policy-makers need to respond to the needs of long-term renters, especially...

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Research report

30 Jun 2013

Executive Summary: This project was developed in response to the anecdotal evidence of the poor standard of rental accommodation available to low income earners of the western suburbs of Melbourne, coupled with the lack of tenant-initiated repairs disputes at VCAT. This project commenced with a...

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Working paper

10 Apr 2013

This Positioning Paper introduces a research project that aims to provide an Australia-wide analysis of the consequences of underemployment for housing security. It explores the connection between an increasingly important but problematic feature of contemporary labour markets (underemployment)...

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