Study finds rental properties unaffordable for some
Rental properties are largely out of reach for low income families in Sydney and Melbourne, according to a study from ANGLICARE.
On the weekend of April 13 and 14, 12,880 properties were available in the greater Sydney area, yet just 23 of those were deemed as affordable and appropriate for households on income support payments.
As for finding a rental property in Melbourne, the snapshot concluded that of the homes available, six per cent of those in the east or south-east, two per cent in the west and less than one per cent in the north were affordable and appropriate.
"Housing is just about the most basic of life's essentials and we are failing as a community to provide safe and affordable housing to all our citizens including disadvantaged and vulnerable children and families," said ANGLICARE chief executive officer in Victoria, Paul McDonald.
The group is calling on the federal government to review its policies on the adequacy of residential properties under the public housing scheme, the effectiveness of allowances and of current initiatives aimed at addressing the situation.