The Australian rental market is in crisis. Rents are rising, vacancy rates are falling, and many people are struggling to find affordable housing. The government needs to take action to ease the crisis, and one of the most important things it can do is to coax more mum and dad investors back into the market.
Mum and dad investors are the backbone of the rental market. They provide around 65% of rental accommodation in Australia. However, in recent years, many mum and dad investors have been selling their properties, due to a number of factors, including:
- Rising property prices, which have made it more expensive to buy an investment property.
- Increased government regulation, which has made it more difficult and expensive to be a landlord.
- A decline in rental yields, which means that investors are making less money from their properties.
The result of this is that there is a shortage of rental properties available, which is driving up rents. The government needs to address these factors in order to coax more mum and dad investors back into the market.
One way to do this is to make it more affordable to buy an investment property. The government could do this by providing tax breaks or grants for investors. It could also make it easier for investors to get a loan.
The government could also reduce the amount of regulation that applies to landlords. This would make it easier for landlords to manage their properties and to comply with the law.
Finally, the government could introduce policies to improve rental yields. This could involve providing subsidies for rental properties or by increasing the amount of rent that can be charged.