While only one-in-five Australian households rents privately at a given moment, private rental is an important and growing part of our housing system. It provides flexibility and choice for many renters, and a familiar investment option for others, but has failed to serve the housing needs of low-income people.
According to the 2006 ABS Census, 22 per cent of households rent privately, an increase of four percentage points since 1995 (ABS 2007). In 2006 private renter dwellings numbered 1.47 million Australia-wide, an increase of 11 per cent since 2001 — Project 50502.
AHURI has a significant body of work that explains how the private rental market functions in Australia. It also provides evidence about the profile and experiences of private rental tenants, identifies private rental investor motivations and risk-assessment practices, and analyses government policies that seek to address affordability problems in the private rental market.