The impact of the pandemic on the Australian rental sector

The research highlights how ‘nimble’ the Australian policy community had been in response to COVID-19, and the success of many of their rapid interventions.

Undertaken by researchers from The University of Adelaide, The University of South Australia, Curtin University, Swinburne University and The University of Melbourne, it investigates the Australian rental sector during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic and considers priorities for governments; tenant experiences and reflections on the effectiveness of assistance and interventions; changing tenant aspirations; and the priorities for emerging responses.

Key Points

• COVID-19 has radically changed the housing landscape, not only for tenants, but also for landlords, real estate agents, advocacy groups, and all levels of government.

• It is likely that many of the negative impacts of the pandemic on the rental market will persist for a considerable time, and may emerge
to be near-permanent features of the tenure.

• By the second year of the pandemic, tenants were increasingly concerned about cost of living increases, and how assistance for vulnerable groups might be more appropriately targeted.

Report Links

The impact of the pandemic on the Australian rental sector can be found here.