More working from home will transport us back to the future
Ross Gittins 26/12/2020
The Sydney Morning Herald (Paywall)
If there’s one good thing to come from this horrible year, surely it’s the breakthrough on WFH – working from home. ... If you measure the rise in house prices over the years, you find the closer homes are to the GPO, the more they’ve risen, with prices in outer suburbs having risen least. But if WFH becomes lasting and widespread, that decades-long trend could be reversed. If you don’t have to spend so much time commuting, why not live further out, where bigger and better homes are more affordable and there’s more open space? Maybe apartment living will become less attractive compared to living in a detached house with a garden, with a corresponding shift in relative prices. And if we’re going to be working at home as a regular thing, maybe we need an extra bedroom to use as a study.
# Must read Housing market, Work, employment
“HOME” - a documentary by the Public Housing Media Collective
A film made during Melbourne's COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown 2020. Melbourne’s Public Housing Towers are home to a culturally diverse and vibrant community. At the end of May 2020 a new strain of the COVID-19 virus, imported by international travellers, escaped from a mismanaged hotel quarantine program. It spread out in June and Melbourne became Australia’s COVID epicentre. A virus cluster appeared to be centered around the Public Housing Towers ...
# Hot topic, Video Discrimination, Public-and-community-housing, Coronavirus COVID-19
Discussions underway to ban no-cause evictions in ACT
Lucy Bladen 27/12/2020
Canberra Times (Paywall)
Renters in the ACT are set to get greater protections as discussions begin to ban no-cause evictions in the territory. ACT Attorney-General Shane Rattenbury said he had commenced discussions with stakeholders on how to implement a ban in an "effective" and "reasonable way".
# New policy announcement Rent, No-grounds evictions
NT remote housing program is building prefabricated homes, but some communities don't want them
Kate Ashton 29/12/2020
ABC (No paywall)
The Northern Territory Government is using prefabricated homes to ease overcrowding in remote communities, but some are concerned they take construction jobs and training opportunities from Aboriginal Territorians living in remote areas.
Build to rent: new concept that could end renters’ worst nightmares – but with a catch
Benedict Brook 29/12/2020
It’s a radical way to rent imported from the US and now in Australia, a new concept could remove some of the age old frustrations for tenants. It’s one of the biggest frustrations from roiled renters: the hefty bond that sits in limbo and then has all or part of it withheld by the agent to pay for a cleaner, despite you spending days scrubbing every dusty crevice. One in three renters don’t get their full bond back. However, the days of the bond could be over if a radical new way to rent, rolling out first to Sydney, becomes the norm. It’s called 'build-to-rent' … The new way of renting will also mean you’ll no longer have to jump through hoops to keep pets, bang holes into walls or paint every room a different shade. As long as the rent is paid, tenants can stay put as long as they want. But there’s a catch – these privileges will cost you more in rent. As much as 20 per cent extra. And a housing policy expert was warned that build to rent 'won’t be a silver bullet for Australia’s housing affordability stress.'
# Hot topic Rent, Housing affordability, Housing market