2017 Rental Affordability Snapshot

This eighth annual Rental Affordability Snapshot by Anglicare Australia comes at a time where there seems to be, finally, a universal agreement that there is a housing affordability crisis. As is shown by the consistency of our findings over the last eight years, this discussion is only just catching up to what many Australians have experienced for a much longer time. The purpose of the Rental Affordability Snapshot has always been to highlight the lived experience of people and families on low incomes trying to find a home in the private rental market. As this Snapshot shows, the number of houses affordable for people on low incomes is so low that rental stress is unavoidable for most. In highlighting this lived experience it is important to emphasise that the biggest impact of the housing affordability crisis is in compromising people’s right to a home.