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.
The TUV has analysed ABS Census data from 2011 and identified the "average‟ characteristics of tenants in the Victorian private rental market.ab The entire tenant population in Victoria is approximately 1.26 million people, roughly one million of which (83.3%) live in privately rented housing. Between 1981 and 2011, the number of Victorian households renting privately increased from approximately 228,700 to over 431,500 households (an increase of 89%). For the purposes of this analysis persons under the age of 15 living in households renting privately (approximately 213,000) have been excluded, reducing the sample population to approximately 842,000 tenants.