Census 2016: Rental Stress on the rise

With the recent release of the 2016 Census data there will be lots of commentary coming out in the next few weeks. 13223264_l-300x180

Last week the Australian Financial Review created some intersting graphics showing the increasing levels of rental stress around Australia.

While record low interest rates have kept mortgage serviceability under control, unfortunately the 30% of Australian’s who are renters are being squeezed by rising rentals.

Rental Stress

Rising rents, which are prompting a greater proportion of adult children to stay, or move back home, boosted the proportion of all households spending 30 per cent or more of their household income on rent – one accepted measure of housing stress – up to 11.5 per cent from 10.4 per cent in 2011.

rental demographics

As you can see from the graphic below the percentage of Australians who are renting has risen in all capital cities other than Perth during the last 5 year Census period:

renters on the rise

Source: Census Data The Australian Financial Review

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