Housing affordability in Canberra: Renting is the ACT's 'biggest issue'. Belconnen university student Lizz McCarter lists her favourite television channel as LifeStyle. It's here she draws fresh inspiration for her goal of buying and renovating a home.
Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, who is unable to work, the great Australian dream seems just that - a dream. Half her partner's pay goes on rent, with much of the remainder spent managing her chronic medical condition.
"It's very daunting. It's hard for us to even consider ... saving for a house and we have to hope things will be better in a few years' time when we're a bit older," Ms McCarter said.
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The newly released annual Demographia report on housing affordability has found – once again – that Australia has some of the least affordable housing markets in the world. Sydney was ranked as the second-least-affordable housing market behind Hong Kong. This news came just a day after incoming NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that improving housing affordability would be a priority for her government.
Renters are being asked to put their money where their mouth is as landlords encourage them to outbid each other in the search for a home.
Known as rent bidding and deemed ‘‘totally unethical’’ by community housing organisations, the practise sees potential tenants taking part in an informal auction to see how much money they will pay to secure accommodation.
Tenants’ Union ACT executive officer Deborah Pippen said the practice is against the code of conduct for licensed real estate agents, but private advertisers aren’t held to the same standards.
A shortfall in government-owned accommodation is forcing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into overcrowded homes, their cars or the streets, say Canberra welfare groups. Concern over a lack of accommodation follows an increase in the number of self-identified indigenous public housing tenants in the past year.
One problem highlighted by housing groups is overcrowding, as seen in the case of a single mother who until recently lived in one room with her four young sons aged between seven years and 20 months. Now in emergency accommodation with the help of a local charity, the woman said she felt there was some discrimination against her and others due to the higher levels of family support traditionally provided by indigenous families.
What we want to achieve in the long-term in a perfect world. ACT Shelter believes that housing is a human right. Our vision is that everyone’s home be recognised as the safe, secure, affordable, sustainable foundation to well-being.