Poverty advocates call for rental freeze as survey conveys grim snapshot

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For many Aussie renters the situation has not been easy with skyrocketing prices and a tightening rental market..

Yesterday, members from the Anti-Poverty Network SA assembled outside Adelaide’s Parliament House to launch their third annual survey of low-income renters, amid the state’s deepening rental crisis.

The report, ‘I’m Scared Of My Next Rent Increase’, highlights a dire snapshot from 301 low-income renters, mostly from SA.  The survey indicates 80 percent of low-income renters are experiencing rental stress, spending more than 30 percent of income on rent.

This comes as the South Australian government introduced a number of rental reforms to Parliament.

While some say the reforms could be a step in the right direction, others say they would not be enough to relieve the immediate impacts of the rental emergency, calling for more drastic measures to address rental affordability.

 

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