Rental Affordability Snapshot

The 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.

Every year, Anglicare Australia tests if it is possible for people on low incomes to rent a home in the private market. We do this by taking a snapshot of the thousands of properties listed for rent on realestate.com.au. We test whether each property is affordable and suitable for people on low incomes. We are grateful for the support of REA Group for giving us access to the property listings data from realestate.com.au every year to enable us to do this research effectively. 

Rental Affordability Snapshot 2017

Apr 27, 2017, 10:56 AM by Anglicare Australia

Anglicare Australia's 8th Rental Affordability Snapshot shows a dire shortage of affordable rental houses for people on low income. It shows that at a national level, only 6% of the 67,651 dwellings surveyed on the first weekend in April were suitable for any of the 10 selected households in receipt of government benefits. This is down from 7% in 2016.
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