PaperWarehouse converted living CommentsComments off ClockJuly 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Melbourne and its inner city areas are renowned for its rich and distinct industrial history, now in more modern times, its once active and operated factories and warehouses have been slowly converted into dwelling spaces or AKA: warehouse conversations. In the most recent times, the most prominent warehouse converted suburbs have been located in the likes of Fitzroy, Collingwood, Clifton Hill, Richmond and Northcote (northern locations), Yarraville in the western corridor, and St Kilda and Port Melbourne, for a more sea-side view.

Bearing in mind, though it’s a unique living experience, the price tag doesn’t usually come cheap, firstly the conversation process that is involved is costly, and the prime locations that these converted spaces/structures are situated in, and not to mention the historical value.
The interior usually gives it a more spacious feel with the higher ceilings, solid build and the design is not your conventional apartment style, so in other words, you pay for all these things. But if you have the money, you can live a lavish and ultra-cool lifestyle (this is perception based of course), definitely a great bachelor pad for all you single people, and giving you the opportunity to deeply immerse yourself into the yappy culture.

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PaperAn attempt to cap the rental rate rise CommentsComments off ClockJuly 08, 2014 at 6:00 PM

In more recent times, there has been talks about the urging the South Australian Government with considering a "rent ceiling" to restrict annual increases to around the rate of inflation, curbing profiteering landlords and property owners. Welfare advocates are pushing for cap on rental increase to protect tenants from rental stress, and pointing out the rise of unemployment, uncertainty of casual work and not to mention, your average wage scale has failed to keep pace with inflation are all contributing to the rental stress.
Executive director, Ross Womersley of the SA Council of Social Service has commented on the rising rental costs were pricing growing numbers of home-seekers out of the private market, resulting in greater demand for more affordable public housing. Adding that the rent have increased way above CPI and perhaps imposing a rent increase ceiling around CPI and having an application lodged by the landlord to a body such as the Residential Tenancies Tribunal if they wish to up their rent above that ceiling suggested.
The Real Estate Institute of SA had prepared a presentation and RP Data tells us that the rental charges for houses grew 2% over the past year and unit rents rose 1.8%, as compared to growth of 3.5% over the past decade. Also the average weekly rent for a house in Adelaide, SA is approximately $370 whereas renters of units pay an around $310.
Greg Troughton, the CEO of REISA encourages courageous thinking in order to address the housing affordability issue, and the need to impose a rent control mechanism in Adelaide.
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PaperTrendy places to rent in Melbourne CommentsComments off ClockJuly 07, 2014 at 7:00 AM

For those who love the coffee and social culture, look no further, suburbs like Fitzroy, Richmond, North Melbourne, and Prahran are some of Melbourne’s cooler areas to live and play in. Accessible to the best eateries and cafes, not to mention, good and wholesome entertainment complexes to visit for a good clean fun time (hence St Kilda didn’t make it on our list on this occasion). The other important factor to consider is that all of these locations are only within minutes out of the city, which means you can head into town afterwards if you feel like continuing to find other things to do or see. For a low key experience or just a place to chill out, we recommend Brunswick Street in Fitzroy or Chapel Street in Prahran (more upbeat), Errol Street in North Melbourne for an extra quiet chilling session/environment, Bridge Road and Victoria Street in Richmond can be a delight to stroll down, especially if you’re into shopping and/or eating Asian cuisine.

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PaperCut costs with rent-share CommentsComments off ClockJuly 03, 2014 at 11:45 AM

With the increase of unemployment nowadays and/or people who are either working a part time or casual job should ideally look at shared accommodation rentals rather than trying to take on a rental all on their own back. Definitely the biggest advantage would be having the ability to lighten the burden load of paying rent, bringing down the cost of having a roof over your head to live life more comfortably and experience less financial stress. This is also often a win/win situation for those who may be saving up to buy a home, and for whatever reason cannot live at home with their parents, as it will give you the opportunity to save up for a deposit quicker. For more choices of shared accommodation/renting or viewing what is available, feel free to simply select shared accommodation from the drop down menu [tab] of the first search field.

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PaperA snapshot of continuing increase of rental stress CommentsComments off ClockJune 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Those of us who are considered low income earners (who are on minimum wages) and/or on government benefits/payments are struggling to afford to cover the costs of their rental homes, the latest Anglicare Australia’s annual Rental Affordability Snapshot [The nationwide snapshot/report] reveals that less than 1% of the listed 62,000 properties across the country rated suitable for the low income category. Adding that 3.2% of the properties were suitable for single people on minimum wage with two children, 4% suitable for singles on minimum wage and 12.2% were suitable for a couple with two children on minimum wage, the survey conducted on the 5th of April (2014).
Another breaking data reports that 10,200 properties for private rent in Sydney, only 123 properties were affordable for households who rely only on Government payments.
From Anglicare’s findings (Sydney) for those who rely only and entirely on Government benefits are feeling the pinch of affordable rental accommodation.
Mr Peter Kell, CEO Anglicare Sydney has said that “Many commentators focus on affordable housing for middle and upper income earners. For the one million households nationally who rely nearly entirely on Government benefits though, their capacity to get by day to day is already at breaking point”.
Pro Bono News wrote: In the greater Sydney area, Anglicare researchers’ analysis has shown a staggering number of 12,164 properties and out of the ones that were advertised, less than 34 (only 33) were affordable and suitable for households who are on Government benefits that did not place them into a rental stress situation.
Sue King, the Anglicare Sydney Director of Advocacy and Research had stated that “In order to keep a roof over their head many people will go into severe rental stress spending more than 30% of a very limited income on rent. This leaves very little for food and payment of utilities such as electricity”.

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