Private rental market
A blueprint to tackle Queensland’s housing crisis
Matthew Kok Ming Ng
This report considers the role that both the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments have in addressing the current housing crisis, and includes a policy review, private rental housing market analysis, and social housing needs analysis.
Regulation of residential tenancies and impacts on investment
This report reviews the evidence-base about factors impacting and shaping rental investment. It also reviews the state of residential tenancies laws across Australia, and presents options for a renewed reform agenda.
The impact of the pandemic on the Australian rental sector
COVID-19 has radically changed the housing landscape - not only for tenants, but also for landlords, real estate agents, advocacy groups, and all levels of government. This research finds that it is likely that many of the negative impacts of the pandemic on the rental...
Aboriginal private rental access in Victoria: "Excluded from the start"
The systemic barriers and challenges facing Aboriginal Victorians examined in this report represent an extension of long-term barriers and systemic discrimination that perpetuate cycles of disadvantage and disempowerment among Aboriginal people in Victoria. The report authors argue that greater connection between elements of the private...
In need of repair: the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement - study report
Australia has a housing affordability problem, with many Australians struggling to rent or buy a home. This study reviews the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement and it examines how well the Australian, State and Territory governments have achieved the objectives, outcomes and outputs set out...
Ageing in place: home and housing for Australia’s older renters
This report explores how Australians want to age and the barriers they face to staying at home, especially for renters. It presents the findings of a survey that looked at older people’s preferences around ageing at home.
Urban Indigenous homelessness: much more than housing
This research examines the causes, cultural contextual meanings and safe responses to homelessness for Indigenous Australians in urban settings, using Australian policy, practice and academic literature, together with interviews with stakeholders in four case-study sites.
Bondi to Byron: the diverging experiences of rental and home-buyer markets in urban and regional NSW during the COVID-19 pandemic
This paper examines the diverging stories of the COVID-19 pandemic inspired impact on Greater Sydney and the Rest of NSW’s rental and home-buyer markets through a multi-scale data analysis approach that triangulates tourist activity, investor sales, and property/rental prices
Energy efficiency in the private rental sector: what actually motivates landlords?
The energy efficiency of privately rented homes is poorer than that of owner-occupied homes in many countries across Europe, North America and Australasia. This is paper proposes that a wide range of psychological, dwelling-related, and situational factors influence landlords’ energy efficiency retrofit behaviour.
Anglicare Australia rental affordability snapshot: national report April 2022
Every year, Anglicare Australia surveys rental listings across Australia to see what it is like for people on low incomes to rent a home. In the midst of the 2022 federal election campaign, Anglicare Australia is calling on all parties and candidates to act on...
COVID-19: housing market impacts and housing policy responses - an international review
Two years after the outbreak of COVID-19, this report analyses pandemic impacts on housing systems across a range of high income countries during this period, and documents a range of policy responses relating to housing and homelessness.
‘What works’ to sustain Indigenous tenancies in Australia
This study examines the characteristics of successful tenancies for Indigenous people to understand ‘what works’ for successful housing outcomes, including for private and social housing, and across different locations.
Understanding discrimination effects in private rental housing
This research examines discrimination and existing policy, law and practice in Australia’s private rental sector, including the impact of informal tenancies and the increasing role of digital technologies.
Meeting social housing need: a tipping point for federal intervention
The substantial shortfall in supply of social housing has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and both state and federal responses to what is increasingly perceived as a major crisis in the social and private renting sectors. This report explores the capacity of states to...
Pandemic pain: Victorian renters in lockdown
Tenants Victoria, the state's peak body for renters, surveyed renters about the financial impact of public-health lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, conducted immediately after Victoria's fifth lockdown in August 2021, found that 69% said they were financially impacted by lockdowns, while more than...
Anglicare Australia rental affordability snapshot: national report April 2021
The 2021 snapshot surveyed over 74,000 rental listings across Australia and found that affordability has crashed to record lows. Anglicare Australia is calling on the federal government to tackle housing affordability in its next Budget.
Marginal housing during COVID-19
This research examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on marginal and informal housing and short-term rental accommodation to establish any health and housing risks, and investigates any changes to the demand and supply of informal housing during COVID-19.
Policy coordination and housing outcomes during COVID-19
This study gathered data on the scale and scope of policy interventions in the housing system during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia—a critical first step for on-going assessment of the outcomes and impacts of the broad suite of initiatives deployed by governments in response to...
Demand-side assistance in Australia’s rental housing market: exploring reform options
This research examines possible cost-effective reforms of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) that could improve housing outcomes for low-income renters.
Older women in the private rental sector: unaffordable, substandard and insecure housing
Single older women aged 55 and over are over-represented amongst the asset poor in Australia and are one of the fastest growing groups of homeless people nationally. This report presents the experiences of single older women living on low incomes in the private rental sector...
The experience of international students before and during COVID-19: housing, work, study and wellbeing
This report, drawing on two surveys, one conducted before and one during the COVID-19 pandemic, examines the circumstances of international students in the private rental sector in Sydney and Melbourne.
$1000 rent relief grants to further support residential tenants
South Australian residential tenants who are suffering significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 restrictions may now be eligible for rent relief through a $1000 grant to their landlords. Initiative: Rent relief through a $1000 grant to their landlords
Assisting Tasmanian renters during COVID-19
The establishment of the COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund will ensure targeted support of up to $2000 or four weeks rent is available for tenants suffering from extreme hardship. Initiative: Rent Relief Fund
Anglicare Australia rental affordability snapshot: national report April 2020
The 2020 Rental Affordability Snapshot has been released just as the reality of Australia’s crash into deep recession is starting to bite.
Modified notice timeframes
On 28 April 2020, the Northern Territory Parliament passed a COVID-19 Modification Notice that impact the processes involved in the Residential Tenancies Act 1999. This Notice provides the framework for the Territory's response to tenancy issues arising as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. Initiative...