‘The Australian Rental Market Report’ finds Aussie renters facing insecurity and poor quality housing, with 50% reporting discrimination

National Shelter has partnered with CHOICE and the National Association of Tenants’ Organisations to call for governments to prioritise rental security and quality issues, alongside housing affordability, as a national study reveals widespread fear and discrimination faced by thousands of Australians.

Comments on the key findings of the ‘The Australian Rental Market Report‘ from Alan Kirkland, CEO of CHOICE include:-

“It’s hard to imagine a product or service this poor in any other sector.  As consumers of rental properties, tenants have to deal with major quality issues like mould or flooding and are systematically denied access to a timely remedy.”

“For Australians who don’t own a home, renting should be a secure and affordable option free of fear and discrimination. Unfortately, the research reveals a significant power imbalance between tenants and landlords, leading to a culture of fear that means many renters stay silent when something goes wrong.

“It’s deeply concerning that common features of everyday life like having children, receiving a government payment or owning a pet  can be major barriers for renters trying to find a home.

Key statistics from the report reveal:-

  • 83% of renters in Australia have no fixed-term lease or are on a lease less than 12 months long
  • 62% of people say they feel like they can’t ask for changes
  • 50% of renters report experiencing discrimination when applying for a rental property
  • 50% of renters worried about being listed on a residential tenancy database
  • 20% renters experiencing leaking, flooding and issues with mould
  • 8% of renters are living in a property in need of urgent repairs

 

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