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Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families

October 13th, 2020 · No Comments · Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Indigenous, Social housing

By kylie valentine, Kyllie Cripps, Kathleen Flanagan, Daphne Habibis, Chris Martin and Hazel Blunden. This is an edited extract from the executive summary of the AHURI Inquiry Report. Read the executive summary, the full report and the policy evidence summary here. Domestic and family violence (DFV), mental illness and problematic alcohol and other drug use […]

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A brief history of Australian residential tenancies law reform: from the nineteenth century to COVID-19

September 4th, 2020 · No Comments · Housing, Law, Pandemic, Private rental, Tenancy

By Chris Martin. Originally published in Parity, the journal of the Council to Homeless Persons. Australia is currently going through a period of unusual activity in residential tenancies law reform. New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT have recently concluded reviews and amended their legislation, and Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are currently […]

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COVID-19 renter survey – invitation to participate

August 19th, 2020 · No Comments · Housing, Pandemic, Tenancy

Renting in Australia during the COVID-19 emergency? You’re invited to participate in a survey about COVID-19 rental negotiations, conducted by the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW Sydney. The survey is open to persons who Were living in a rented dwelling in Australia on 29 March 2020 (when the eviction moratorium was announced) Are aged […]

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A dog’s breakfast? Why rental pet reform is needed

August 5th, 2020 · No Comments · Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Private rental, Strata, Tenancy

By Ebony Stansfield, UNSW Newsroom. Originally published by UNSW Newsroom. NSW pet tenancy laws do not reflect the needs of society, with strata by-laws impacting the vulnerable, say UNSW experts. As COVID-19 restricted them to working from home, Alexandra Foster and her partner decided it would be perfect to foster an animal. This is when […]

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Australia can, and must, build the post-pandemic recovery with more social housing

May 22nd, 2020 · No Comments · Affordability, Affordable housing, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Housing supply, Pandemic, Social housing, urban renewal

By Bill Randolph, City Futures Research Centre, and Wendy Hayhurst, Community Housing Industry Association. Originally published on John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations. The Australian Treasurer has acknowledged that boosting infrastructure spend would be a good way to kickstart our country’s recovery from the current pandemic. What follows is a reasoned case for that infrastructure spend […]

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City Dashboards in a time of COVID-19

April 28th, 2020 · No Comments · Cities, Data, Demographics, Economy, Housing, Pandemic, Wellbeing

By Chris Pettit, City Futures Research Centre. In an era of digitisation and smart cities we have seen the rise of city dashboards. These dashboards provide important information in the forms of graphs, charts and maps and hold the promise of better management and planning our cities. There is also an expectation that dashboards will […]

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Rents can and should be reduced or suspended for the coronavirus pandemic

April 8th, 2020 · No Comments · Affordability, Economy, Government, Housing, Law, Tenancy, Uncategorized

By Chris Martin, City Futures Research Centre. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The National Cabinet announced a moratorium on evictions just over a week ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As government ministers and commentators have tried to make clear, it’s intended only […]

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Why housing evictions must be suspended to defend us against coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020 · No Comments · Economy, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Law, Money, Pandemic, Wellbeing

Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock By Sophia Maalsen, University of Sydney; Chris Martin, UNSW; Dallas Rogers, University of Sydney, and Emma Power, Western Sydney University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The COVID-19 pandemic is a double crisis affecting public health and the economy. And both aspects are playing […]

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Reassembling the City: urban renewal and collective property sales

March 9th, 2020 · No Comments · Cities, Construction, Housing, Housing supply, International, Strata, Sydney, urban renewal

By Alistair Sisson, City Futures Research Centre. Cities are constantly being built, unbuilt and rebuilt, at an increasingly rapid rate. City-dwellers all over the world will be very familiar with the experience of seeing a row of houses or old apartment block transformed to something much taller, wider, and bulkier. But the process of assembling […]

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Why western Sydney is a magnet for investors

February 19th, 2020 · No Comments · Demographics, Finance, Housing, Private rental, Sydney, Tenancy

Western Sydney is popular with investors but most of these investors do not live there. Photo: Brendan Esposito By Hal Pawson and Chris Martin, City Futures Research Centre. Originally published at Domain. With the latest ABS statistics indicating a fourth straight quarter of rental investor housing finance growth, it appears that Australia’s private landlords are rediscovering a taste for […]

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