Hobart has overtaken Sydney to become the least affordable city in the country in which to rent.
The May Rental Affordability Index (RAI), which measures the costs of renting in Australia's cities relative to household incomes, shows that for the first time ever, it is now less affordable to rent in Hobart than it is in Sydney, followed by Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth.
The report found that Hobart's residents are spending 29 per cent of their gross median $61,300 income on rent, with Sydney close behind with 27 per cent.
People in Hobart earn on average $30,000 less per year than Sydney residents but the gap in the cost of rents between the cities has tightened.
|City:||Average rent for houses (all sizes):||Average rent for units (all sizes):|
|Canberra||$624.3 per week||$444.3 per week|
|Sydney||$722.6 per week||$524.6 per week|
|Darwin||$536.4 per week||$402.2 per week|
|Brisbane||$446.7 per week||$368.9 per week|
|Adelaide||$381.1 per week||$300.4 per week|
|Hobart||$394.2 per week||$351.3 per week|
|Melbourne||$530.8 per week||$408.8 per week|
|Perth||$420.6 per week||$323.1 per week|
|National||$435.0 per week||$359.0 per week|
As of September 2017, the median-rental household in greater Sydney had a gross income of $98,500 per annum with an RAI of 113, equating to ‘moderately unaffordable’ rents.
Greater Sydney remains ‘critically unaffordable’ for low-income households, with the average-rental household spending around 27 per cent of its total income on rent.
“The average household must travel over 20 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD, to areas such as Blacktown and Liverpool, to find acceptable rents,” the report found.
In order to afford rent in greater Sydney, a single pensioner would have to shell out 94 per cent of their total income, making it the least affordable location for pensioners in Australia.
With an RAI of 32, rents for single pensioners are classified as ‘extremely unaffordable’.