CPI increase adds to affordability issues

By Nila Sweeney | 02 Nov 2007
A 1% increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures has placed further pressure on the 1.2 million households already struggling to afford rent and mortgage payments, according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA).
Rents increased by 1.6% during the September quarter. HIA managing director Dr Ron Silberberg said investment incentives for new, affordable rental accommodation are urgently needed.
HIA has called for a doubling of the depreciation allowance on new, ‘positively geared’, affordable rental accommodation.
“The decline in residential investment is in part a consequence of the growth in taxes and charges levied on new dwellings,” said Silberberg. “Also contributing to the decline in residential investment are solid returns from superannuation funds and international stock markets.
“Quite simply, there are too many taxes and charges levied on new dwellings, which are pushing investment elsewhere and forcing investors to charge higher rents.”
In conjunction with National Shelter and several other organisations, HIA has developed a National Affordable Rental Incentive. The aim of this is to increase the supply of new affordable rental housing by at least 15,000 dwellings each year.
“The private rental market is a disaster zone and requires each level of government to make a commitment to repairing the availability of rental housing,” said Silberberg.
“Tax cuts promised by both sides of federal politics aren’t enough. Only initiatives that reduce taxes and charges on the supply of new dwellings and incentives for investment in affordable rental accommodation will provide the assistance that’s now desperately needed.”

Top Suburbs : campsie , whyalla , mt colah , east victoria park , sunshine


Get help with your investment property

Do you need help finding the right loan for your investment?

When investing in property, it is important to make sure that you not only have the lowest available rate that you can get, but also have the correct loan features for your needs.

Just fill in a few details below and we'll then arrange for a local mortgage broker to contact you and work out what features or types of loans are right for your needs. We'll even help with the paperwork. Plus an appointment is free.

How soon would you like a mortgage?
What is your Annual Household Income i $
Do you currently own any Investment Properties?
Do you own your own residence?
How much equity do you have in all your current properties?
First Name
Last Name
Where do you live?
What number can we reach you on?
E-mail address
We value your privacy and treat all your information seriously - you can check out our privacy policy here