Private Rental Markets

22 May 2017

Rental affordability in Sydney has fallen to a record low, with the average tenant spending 29 per cent of their household income on a home, almost reaching the rental stress threshold of 30 per cent. Low income households are now almost completel;y priced out of the Sydney rental market - or are forced to go without basic necessities to keep a roof over their head.

16 February 2017

The report of a national survey of tenants produced by Choice, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenan Organisations (NATO) shows that tenants experience discrimination, are frequently forced to move, put up with poor maintenace and are afraid to complain for fear of eviction or being put on a tenancy data base.  While none of this is new, the report, Unsettled: Life in Australia's private rental market, which was launched on T

21 April 2016

Anglicare's annual Renatal Snapshot show no improvement in Sydney and a worsening problem outside the metro area. Anglicare reports: "Over the first weekend in April, the Anglicare member network surveyed 75,410 rental properties across Australia and found just 21 properties were affordable for single adults living on Newstart, and only one was suitable for young people living on Youth Allowance."

1 February 2016

I February

The Statutory Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 is taking place at a time when much more is being asked of the private rental market – particularly it’s responsiveness to the needs of low-income households.

6 January 2016

NSW Fair Trading is undertaking a statutory review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 to ensure it is working as intended.  

Discussion has already begun on the Tenants' Union blog, Brown Couch

Shelter NSW will be making a submission and would like your ideas . The areas we will cover in the submission are:

24 November 2015

National Shelter has launched a National Rental Affordability Index, in partnership with SGS Economics and Planning and Community Sector Banking. 

4 November 2015

NSW Fair Trading is undertaking a statutory review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 to ensure it is working as intended.

4 November 2015

The Residential Tenancies Act 2010 is now five years old, and the Minister is now required to review it. The Act has made a number of positive changes for tenants in New South Wales, but there are a number of important issues that are yet to be resolved.

This report by the Tenants' Union highlights the provisions that are working well, and ought to be retained, as well as those that require amendment to promote fairness, security and stability for tenants.

11 June 2015

Today (11 June) National Shelter responded to the comments by the treasurer, Joe Hockey, that the solution to housing affordability in Sydney is to get a good job, by reminding government that it's policy of favouring speculative investment is ending the 'dream' of home ownership.  But Shelter points out that renters are doing it toughest. See National Shelter's press release.

30 April 2015

The Anglicare rental affordability snapshot, just released, shows affordable housing is out of reach of people on low incomes.  Onle 1% of rental properties are affordable and suitable for households on benefits and only 16% were affordable for families with two adults earning the minimum wage. 

The report shows that it is not credible to base social housing policy on the expectation that most low income people can make a future from housing in the private rental market