Meg Webb from Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre tells Dave Wood that a rental shortage is pushing Tasmanians into  hardship.
Anglicare’s annual Rental Affordability Snapshot reveals that Tasmania’s
most vulnerable households are at risk of ‘extreme rental stress’ in the
private rental market.
The snapshot found that of the 1588 Tasmanian rental properties advertised for
rent on the weekend of April 1-3, only 6% were affordable and appropriate for
people who depend on income support payments.
Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre (SARC) collected details of
advertised properties then analysed which could be rented without putting
various household types into rental stress – that is, spending 30-45% of their
income on rent.
The Snapshot found that statewide there were no properties affordable for
young people on Youth Allowance. There were also no properties in southern
Tasmania that were affordable for single parents on Newstart. Both these
groups would have struggled to secure a private rental even by going into
rental stress. These households were most at risk of extreme rental stress
(spending 50% or more of their income on rent).
On the Snapshot weekend, there were no rental properties anywhere in
Tasmania that were affordable and appropriate for young people on Youth
Allowance. Statewide, 1% of the rental properties were affordable for singles on
Newstart, 4% affordable for single people over 21 receiving the Disability
Support Pension, and 2% affordable for single parents on Newstart.
Tasmanians earning the minimum wage would also have found it difficult to
find a suitable rental property. Only 27% of the advertised properties were
assessed as affordable and appropriate for these households.
Affordable long-term housing provides a vital home base that supports
participation in education and employment.
The Rental Affordability Snapshot was launched today at Trinity Hill in Hobart,
a complex comprising 46 independent and supported living units for young
people who would otherwise be at risk of homelessness.