Singles on benefits priced out of regional Tasmanian rentals

Rents in most of regional Tasmania are extremely unaffordable for singles on benefits, a new report shows.

Some areas were cheaper, including the West Coast, Burnie and George Town.

However, they still rated as severely unaffordable for those people.

Even renters on mid-level household incomes would find the Latrobe-Port Sorell area, Deloraine and most of Launceston moderately unaffordable, going by the May Rental Affordability Index released by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and other groups

A single on benefits had an estimated gross annual household income of $17,700, the report said.

At a slightly higher income of $20,000, the index showed every rated part of regional Tasmania was either severely or extremely unaffordable.

Regional Tasmanian areas classed as extremely unaffordable for those people included most of the North-West, Deloraine, Launceston and Scottsdale.

The median (mid-point) rental household in regional Tasmania had a gross income of $53,400 per year, the report said.

It said the average rental household faced rent around 25 per cent of total income.

“Towns in northern  and eastern Tasmania, including Devonport, have relatively acceptable rents compared to regional incomes,” the report  said.

“Launceston has become moderately unaffordable in recent years, however.”

For households with an income of $55,000 a year, rents in the North-West to the west of and including Devonport, plus the north-eastern suburbs of Launceston,  the West Tamar, the East Coast and Scottsdale  were rated acceptable. 

The West Coast was very affordable and George Town affordable for those households.

The report said Greater Hobart was “surprisingly”  the least affordable metropolitan area in Australia.

Hobart’s score on the index indicated Hobart rents were unaffordable even for households on the Hobart annual gross median income for rental households of $61,300.

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