High rents are forcing those on low-incomes further out of the city.
High rents are forcing those on low-incomes further out of the city.

Rents force low-income earners out of the city

A RENTAL affordability crisis for low-income earners could force Brisbane's poorest residents out of the city, according to community organisations.

The groups will today release a rental affordability index that reveals the stark divide between how much income wealthy and low-income households spend on rent.

Figures for the last quarter of 2017 show that average household rents in Brisbane are 25 per cent of total income, putting them in the acceptable range for the first time since the index began in 2012.

But it was drastically worse at the bottom of the index with low-income households paying up to two-thirds of their income on rent.

The index, jointly released by National Shelter, Community Sector Banking and SGS Economics and Planning, measured rental affordability relative to household incomes.

Community Sector Banking chief executive Andrew Cairns said cities were at risk of becoming unaffordable for lower income households.

In regional Queensland, average rents are about 25 per cent of total income.

Singles on benefits face the most daunting prospect, paying up to 68 per cent of their income on rent.



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