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Rental Pain Index May 2024

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Suburbtrends Rental Pain Index May 2024: Urgent Action Needed as Rental Crisis Deepens

Date: 6th May 2024

For Immediate Release

The latest Suburbtrends "Rental Pain Index" for May 2024 uncovers the escalating severity of the rental market crisis in Australia. As rental prices continue to climb and homes remain scarce, the report highlights the urgent need for comprehensive solutions to alleviate the stress on renters throughout the nation.

Kent Lardner, founder of Suburbtrends, delivers a critical analysis and a dire warning about the future implications of current policies: "This month's data signals a looming reckoning for the political class, who have long neglected the growing distress of the renter class. The barriers to homeownership are especially daunting for first-time buyers without familial financial support, leaving shared equity schemes in capital cities as one of the few remaining options—yet many will still find these schemes out of reach."

The data illustrates a disturbing trend:

  • In Western Australia (WA) and Queensland (QLD), rental pain indices have escalated to 85.71% and 81.39% respectively, underscoring the acute stress felt by renters.
  • South Australia (SA) and Victoria (VIC) are also experiencing significant increases in rental stress, with the index rising sharply, indicating that the crisis is widespread across major population centers.

Kent emphasises, "Our immediate focus must be on implementing emergency accommodations and creating incentives for homeowners to offer underutilised properties for rent. These measures are crucial stopgaps that can provide some relief in the short term."

He elaborates on strategic solutions: "To address the twin challenges of availability and suitability, we propose tax incentives or financial benefits for homeowners to bring under-occupied houses into the rental market. This approach not only maximises the use of existing housing stock but also alleviates some pressure from the rental market."

Kent concludes with a powerful call to action: "As the construction of new homes lags behind demand, exacerbated by stringent building codes that drive up prices, we find ourselves at a critical juncture. We must act decisively to deploy emergency shelters and rethink our housing policies to include more immediate, practical solutions such as mobile home villages and prefabricated homes. The time to act is now, to prevent a deeper crisis where more Australians face the grim reality of homelessness."

The complete May 2024 Rental Pain Index report, containing detailed analyses and data, is available by contacting us. For further insights or to understand the implications of these findings, please reach out to Kent Lardner.

Contact:

Kent Lardner

Phone: 0458 936 912

Email: kentlardner@suburbtrends.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

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