The Tenants' Union is engaged in research into housing and tenancy matters.

Rent Tracker

Rent Tracker brings multiple sources of information together to give tenants, journalists and other interested people a clear and easy way to understand rent movements in New South Wales. Check out the latest issue and interactive maps on the Rent Tracker page.

2017 Report into the effects of Airbnb on rents in Sydney

April 2017

The Tenants' Union examined data The key finding is that Airbnb has not had a significant impact on the tenants of Sydney. Even in Airbnb hotspots such as Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and CBD rents do not seem to have risen in response to Airbnb.

Read more here

2014 Survey Report: Afforable housing and the New South Wales Rental Market

April 2014

Earlier this year the Tenants’ Union conducted a short online survey on Housing Affordability to gauge tenants' experiences and expectations of renting. 580 tenants responded. The most striking thing the survey shows is howworried tenants are - particularly in circumstances they cannot control or where choices are restricted. Most express satisfaction with their current housing, but it is a satisfaction formed in a tightly constrained space: they see few or no other options in the housing market (not in owner-occupation, or in rental), and they put up with problems and with lacklustre rates of responsiveness from landlords.

Some stand-out figures include:

  • 57% of respondents identified the high cost of home ownership as a key reason for renting.
  • 77% have put up with a problem because they were worried about adverse consequences if they asked to get it fixed.
  • 79% have moved at least once in the last five years.
  • Over 70% in the private market are paying more than a third of their income in rent.
  • 64% of respondents said they worry about paying the rent.

Read the full report