Chris Martin

New medium-density housing in Penrith NSW

Projects for 2021 funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute are timely, practical and policy relevant.

Homeless man looking out to street

A hands-off federal government simply isn't helping.

Close up of young woman taking keys from real estate agent after signing rental lease contract

The Commonwealth government must rethink rent assistance to lift Australians out of housing stress.

Person holding French Bulldog and plant sitting on couch in apartment.

NSW pet tenancy laws do not reflect the needs of society, with strata by-laws impacting the vulnerable, say UNSW experts.

renting

Representatives of tenants and agents agree that leaving individuals to try to sort out rent reductions has created a mess. It calls for government to step in to look after both renters and landlords.

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Housing is our first line of defence against coronavirus, so leaving someone homeless increases the risk for everyone. Australia should follow other countries in imposing a moratorium on evictions.

airbnb

In 2016, a Victorian court decided an Airbnb arrangement was a lease. 'Guests' could be protected by tenancy law, including against eviction. And in this case the host was evicted for subletting.

housing

Having quality housing matters. What's standing in the way of ensuring every Australian has housing that meets basic comfort and health standards? And how can we overcome these problems?

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If we recognised social housing as infrastructure as essential as transport links, schools and hospitals, not properly investing in it could become unthinkable.

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Short-term letting via digital platforms benefits some in the market at the expense of others. Closer regulation might be needed in Melbourne and Sydney, where a permissive approach prevails.

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