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'Billing anxiety': How COVID-19 is driving up the cost of staying warm this winter

'Billing anxiety': How COVID-19 is driving up the cost of staying warm this winter

COVID-19 has forced a growing number of Australians to choose between staying warm and paying high energy bills.

  • by Andrew Taylor

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'We don't see ourselves as a cold country': Why is it so hard to stay warm in Sydney?
Affordable housing

'We don't see ourselves as a cold country': Why is it so hard to stay warm in Sydney?

More people die from cold temperatures in Sydney than Sweden, which housing advocates blame on energy poverty and poor building standards.

  • by Andrew Taylor
'Make it your own': NSW push to boost build-to-rent housing
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Property development

'Make it your own': NSW push to boost build-to-rent housing

"Home ownership is great but it's not the ultimate state of validation," says Yummii Nguyen who is considering moving into Mirvac's new rental development.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Scores of Chinese students lose money after property agency disappears
Coronavirus pandemic

Scores of Chinese students lose money after property agency disappears

A company that leases apartments to Chinese students in Melbourne has deregistered itself, owing renters from China thousands of dollars each.

  • by Clay Lucas
The 'no triangles' rule: House-sharing during the pandemic doesn't need to be prickly
Friendship

The 'no triangles' rule: House-sharing during the pandemic doesn't need to be prickly

From dealing with sudden isolation together to navigating the work day with new (loud) colleagues, here's how some Aussie renters are coping.

  • by Sophie Aubrey
Banks warn house prices could fall up to 30 per cent as rental vacancies surge
Property market

Banks warn house prices could fall up to 30 per cent as rental vacancies surge

Major banks say house prices could collapse by up to 30 per cent in the next three years in a prolonged economic slump as CBD rentals are drained of tenants.

  • by Clancy Yeates, Jennifer Duke and Kate Burke
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One in 10 inner-city rentals left empty as tourism collapses
Tourism

One in 10 inner-city rentals left empty as tourism collapses

The biggest collapse in overseas visitors and foreign student arrivals in the nation's history is driving up the number of empty apartments and stoking fears for the long-term future of the tourism industry.

  • by Jennifer Duke and Shane Wright
'We're stuck here': Flawed laws under review as tenants' problems mount
Coronavirus pandemic

'We're stuck here': Flawed laws under review as tenants' problems mount

Mother-of-two Natalie Smith wants to move home because of ongoing maintenance problems at her Mernda rental, but her real estate agent said she would have to prove financial hardship.

  • by Clay Lucas and Rachel Eddie
'It can happen to anybody'. How Glen-Marie Frost went from society doyenne to public housing tenant
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'It can happen to anybody'. How Glen-Marie Frost went from society doyenne to public housing tenant

From high-society mover and shaker in the 1980s and '90s, Glen-Marie Frost now lives in public housing and shops at Kmart. How this upbeat born survivor has dealt with her changed circumstances offers life lessons for everyone.

  • by Jane Cadzow
Rents falling as dole rises to give low-income households relief
Property market

Rents falling as dole rises to give low-income households relief

Doubling the dole has kept a portion of the rental market affordable for the unemployed for the first time in 11 years, while economists predict a steep fall in rent.

  • by Jennifer Duke
What WA's new tenancy laws mean for renters, landlords and tenants
Coronavirus pandemic

What WA's new tenancy laws mean for renters, landlords and tenants

WA has a new set of residential and commercial tenancy laws put in place while the government attempts to arrest the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • by Nathan Hondros and Hamish Hastie