National Shelter’s biannual Rental Affordability Index released

Tasmanians overall who rent are still dangerously close to the housing stress threshold, a new report affirms.

In some cases, several low-income groups are far in excess of the 30-per-cent threshold, such as single pensioners, single people on income support, and single part-time workers with children.

Shelter Tas executive officer Pattie Chugg said this was due to the state’s lower incomes but rising rents.

She said Hobart rents had increased by 14 per cent and 9 per cent in Launceston over 12 months.

The index showed that the median rental household in regional Tasmania has a gross annual income, while in greater Hobart, income was averaged out at $60,900.

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