Rental Affordability Index further exposes Liberal’s failure on housing

first_imgRental Affordability Index further exposes Liberal’s failure on housing Tasmanian LaborHobart families forced to pay 30 per cent of income on rentJaensch continues to fail to deliver social housingGovernment does nothing while housing crisis deepensTasmania remains the least affordable rental market in the country under a Liberal Government that refuses to address the housing crisis.Shadow Housing Minister Alison Standen said the latest Rental Affordability Index released today shows Tasmania’s housing crisis is worsening under the Gutwein Government and Minister Roger Jaensch, with Hobart still the least affordable city in which to rent in the country.Ms Standen said while the government and Mr Jaensch were big on making announcements they are appalling on delivery.“State-wide, rents are up 37 per cent and the gap between income and rents continues to grow with no relief on the horizon from the Liberals,” Ms Standen said.“Families earning average incomes are paying almost a third of that income in rent and that, in turn, means the situation is far more dire for families on lower incomes.“Mr Jaensch simply needs to deliver.“It’s not good enough that he has promised the world and delivered a pittance.“The proof is in the facts that were exposed just last week – Mr Jaensch delivered just five new homes for low income Tasmanians over the past year and he cannot explain why that number is so low.“The total supply of social housing in Tasmanian increased from 12,504 in September 2019 to 12,509 in September this year.“He has been forced to admit he has not built a single new social housing dwelling with the Commonwealth housing debt waiver money.“The government must also release the third quarterly Short Stay Accommodation report, which is two months overdue.“We have an opportunity to act immediately to regulate the short stay market to pause new permits on entire dwellings in tight housing markets, improving private rental availability and affordability.“With our borders open again and visitors starting to return, this would also support existing licensed operators experiencing low visitation.“We cannot return to the conditions that brought about the housing crisis. We need to prioritise housing security and look after all Tasmanians.”Alison StandenShadow Minister for Housing /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:affordability, commonwealth, crisis, failure, Government, Hobart, housing, market, Minister, money, rent, Rental affordability, security, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassie, worldlast_img

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