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More households renting as home ownership falls
The proportion of Australian households renting their home increased to 32 per cent in 2017–18, according to new figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This is an increase from 27 per cent in 1997–98.
Over the same 20-year period, the proportion of households that rented their home from a private landlord increased to 27 per cent (up from 20 per cent), while the proportion of public housing tenants decreased from 6 per cent to 3 per cent.
"Most of the increase in renter households was in the private rental market," said ABS Chief Economist, Bruce Hockman. "Some of the decrease in public housing numbers can be attributed to recent trends in social housing provision which have seen the community housing sector taking on an increasingly prominent role."
The proportion of households that owned their own home fell to 66 per cent, down from 70 per cent in 1997-98. The proportion of households that owned their home without a mortgage decreased to 30 per cent (down from 40 per cent), while the proportion who owned their home with a mortgage increased to 37 per cent (up from 31 per cent).
One in five households (20 per cent) owned one or more residential properties other than their usual residence. Of those households that owned other residential property, 71 per cent owned a single property, while 5 per cent owned four or more properties.
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