INTRODUCTION – Extract
We all need a home we can count on. It’s very difficult to raise a family, go to work, be part of our local communities or maintain our health and wellbeing without a good place to call home. Across the nation, more and more people are renting their homes. There are now over 2.6 million households in Australia who rent. These Australians are raising families. They are sending their children to local schools. They are growing old and retiring.
Disrupted – the second report commissioned by CHOICE, National Shelter, and The National Association of Tenant Organisations (NATO) – delves into the issues facing Australians who rent. It reveals three problems that people who rent are facing across the nation, with many:
- living in poor quality homes afraid to request repairs;
- on insecure tenancies; and
- struggling with rental affordability and cost of living pressures.
Renting in Australia is not a one-sizefits-all experience. The experience of families who rent with children is very different to that of women over 55 who rent their homes. This is again different from the experience of a 20-year-old entering the private rental market for the first time. This report highlights the unique lived experiences of different demographics across Australia.
SOURCE: “Disrupted:The consumer experience of renting in Australia.” (2018) This report was jointly produced by CHOICE, National Shelter & NATO. With special acknowledgments:
Dr Chris Martin, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
Afraid to complain to your landlord? / Andy Kollmorgen, CHOICE, 5 December 2018 — More than half the people who rent in Australia live in homes in need of repair.
Australians With Disability Twice as Likely to be Evicted Without Cause / Luke Michael, ProBono Australia, 5 December 2018 — People with disability who rent are almost twice as likely to experience a “no-grounds” eviction compared with other Australians, new research shows.
Disrupted: the consumer experience of renting in Australia report released / Matt Maloney, The Advocate, 6 December 2018 — A national report on renters has found more than 60 per cent of Tasmanian tenants are worried about the cost of their rent.
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