Anglicare's Rental Affordability Snapshot has once again revealed the challenge faced by NSW residents looking for affordable rental housing.
Anglicare's report shows only 9% of properties in the Inner West are affordable for a family household on minimum wage. Of the almost 2000 properties available for rent in the inner west this year, only 3 qualify as affordable.
The Snapshot defines housing stress as those households who pay more than 30% of their income on rent.
The Snapshot was conducted on 21 March 2020, immediately prior to the lockdown for COVID-19. We know the pandemic will have made the situation revealed in the Snapshot even worse.
In my electorate, Marrickville Legal Centre and the Inner West Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Service have provided invaluable support to tenants experiencing housing insecurity and navigating rental negotiations with their landlords.
Anglicare is calling on governments to raise the rate for good, establish an independent Social Security Commission, strengthen protections for renters and build more affordable housing.
I acknowledge the important work of Anglicare in offering this report each year and thank you for your ongoing support of vulnerable inner westies who rent.