In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian governments moved to impose moratoria on evictions of tenants for financial reasons, and on rent increases. Governments encouraged negotiation between landlords and tenants to reduce or refer rent payments, and offered incentives to landlords to support this. Emerging challenges remain in transitioning from these measures.

AHURI Research

Renting in the time of COVID-19: understanding the impacts


Renting in the time of COVID-19: understanding the impacts

This research surveyed and analysed the circumstances for Australian renters during the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdowns in July and August 2020 to identify challenges for the rental sector and to give insights into how the rental market is performing, the uptake of existing support measures and the demand for future assistance.

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Post pandemic landlord-renter relationships in Australia
Led by Dr David Oswald, RMIT University

This project will provide insight into the economic and mental well-being of landlords and tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The different forms of government support across various states will be analysed, with recommendations into how and where housing policy could be further developed to assist the landlord-renter relationship.

Research in progress

Housing affordability stress during COVID-19
Led by Professor Ralph Horne, RMIT University

This project will take a longitudinal qualitative approach to examine differential impacts of COVID-19 for those in housing affordability stress across tenures, housing types and household composition. It will leverage two current ARC grants with recent data to investigate the impacts of COVID-19 on material configurations, health and well-being.

Research in progress

Marginal housing during COVID-19
Led by Ms Caitlin Buckle, University of Sydney

This project investigates health and related risks associated with informal and unregulated accommodation in the COVID-19 context, using unique data sets on informal and short-term rental housing markets in major Australian cities. Policy options for expanding housing system capacity during health and other emergencies, serving vulnerable populations or essential workers, are also canvassed.

Research in progress

AHURI Briefs and News

Unpacking the challenges in the rental market during COVID-19


22 Apr 2020

Examining the policy options and challenges for the rental market during the COVID-19 pandemic.