Most of my friends are renting.
Renting a home through a real estate agent is the main way that people find a place to live throughout Australia. For many decades the proportion of Queenslanders renting on the private rental market has been gradually increasing. At the same time, the proportion of Queenslanders owning homes has been gradually declining.
Most private rentals are advertised through the two main real estate sites, realestate.com.au and domain.com.au. Searching these sites will give you an idea of what is available in the area you want to live in.
Assistance is available from the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works in the form of Bond Loans and rental grants to start a new rental.
The Rental Tenancies Authority regulates rentals and has a telephone advice line and many resources to help explain the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords. Tenants Queensland also offers an advice line for tenants.
For older women, the initial and future cost of private rental, insecurity of tenure and variable experience with repairs and maintenance are the main issues in this form of housing. Aging in place can also be difficult; private landlords can often being reluctant to agree to home modifications which may be needed for an older woman.
Non-Profit Housing Companies
These not-for-profit organisations provide access to affordable housing for low or below-average incomes, via programs including Community Rent Scheme (CRS), Long Term Community Housing (LTCH), Community Managed Studio Units (CMSU), & the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
The three main options include:
- Social housing (including Indigenous Housing & Homelessness Programs): rentals for low to moderate income families and individuals
- Community Housing: those with low incomes – income-based rental accommodation
- Affordable housing: those with a moderate income who are in housing stress
Boarding & Rooming Houses and Hostels are regulated forms of housing. See the Handy Guide for more detail.