Mass immigration drives-up Sydney rental stress and homelessness

By Leith van Onselen

Australia’s mass immigration program might be a dream come true for developers, since it provides an endless flood of new residents and pressure for development:

However, it is a nightmare for the working class, as evident by the surge in rental stress and homelessness across migrant-stuffed Western Sydney. From The ABC:

Western Sydney has been revealed as Australia’s epicentre of rental stress — home to four of the country’s top six property pressure points, according to a new report…

NSW electorates took 11 of the top 20 places on the national rental stress table…

Rental stress occurs when a person in the bottom percent of earners pays more than a third of their income on rent.

The Everybody’s Home Campaign, a coalition of not-for-profits seeking to end homelessness, commissioned the report from the University of New South Wales.

They said the analysis busts the myth that housing affordability is an inner-city issue…

Campaign spokeswoman Kate Colvin said western Sydney electorates had absorbed a disproportionate share of Sydney’s population growth, which had helped drive demand for rental properties.

“In Fowler, rents increased by nearly 30 per cent between 2011 and 2016 and incomes for the lowest income household increased by just 5 per cent,” she said.

“It means a growing number of people are being stretched to the limits of what they can pay for rents and are often doing without meals and other essential items.”

Fowler’s population grew by over 15,000 people between 2011 and 2016, Blaxland by 16,000, McMahon by 22,000 people and Watson by 13,000 — compared to Warringah with an increase of just 534 people or Hughes with an increase of 2,600 people.

Rental stress was also driving a rise in homelessness.

In south western Sydney for example, homelessness increased by 61 per cent over a five year period.

With Sydney projected by the ABS to add another 4.5 million people in just 48 years, purely via mass immigration:

Low-income households will be squeezed even further.

Slash immigration.

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    • And yet rental vacancies are going through the roof:
      Rental vacancies have been extremely low over the last few decades.
      If/when the shortage-driven bubble does eventually end, there will indeed be an increase in rental vacancies. Have we finally reached that point after decades of shortage-driven suffering? I hope so.

    • Issue with that for the asset owners is that lowered rents will not cover the costs of servicing the debt. Peak of the bubble when the debt cannot be serviced. Lots of for lease and for sale signs are emerging where I am and probably elsewhere. Property will flood the market. This is going to be an epic bust.

  1. And yet you have former Victorian ALP minister Theo Theophanous on page 21 of todays Herald Sun calling for immigration to be doubled.

  2. blindjusticeMEMBER

    Not just Australia, the UK (wonder why some want Brexit and why its migration driven?):

    The entire west is being being pushed towards ‘replacement migration’. Little ole Ireland has a massive rental problem too (no reports of the sleaziness above yet) while their PM wants to bring in 500,000 extra people – this would represent 50% of the population growth there. In a single generation. Mad.

    People are living in tents in Hobart, Germany just dumped a million unchecked migrants among their populace in a single year! What the hell is going on in ‘The West’ ????

    • I’m starting to think that there might be some truth in all those Soros-type conspiracy theories.

    • It’s simple mate: global population growth is peaking and countries are scrambling to keep their respective ponzis propped up with more ‘people’ — immigrants are just pawns in a monster game of ‘let’s avoid the consequences of past policy mistakes’.

      If the population doesn’t grow any more, who will keep the developers swimming in cash? Who will maintain the vast retail complex? Who will pay the pensions of ageing citizens? Who will keep the gargantuan welfare state afloat? And, most important of all: who the hell will pay off (service) the vast debt accumulated by Western govts the world over?

      Tick, tock

  3. Is the discontent sufficient to motivate voting change?

    And are there candidate s to vote for?

    Yes and yes.

  4. Australians do not want any more migrants: ANU poll.

    I’m surprised that a) the ANU didn’t discontinue this study and never speak of it after the results obviously were significantly not in its favour and b) that this was actually published by SMH/Age/Fairfax. Also, very weird commentary by the professor Biddle.. he’s also still in the propaganda (lies) mentality of mass immigration is inevitable and it’s an “infrastructure” issue.

    I’ve said this continually before.. it’s simple for either party to win the the next election in a landslide.. Simply announce a plan to reduce immigration. It’s what the voters aligned with left/right/green/rainbow/whatever want by a majority. Unfortunately though, the LNP and ALP priotise what their mates in big business/unions want over what Australian people want.

    • Australians had a series of serious concerns about a growing population.

      “Australians need to be convinced that traffic and house prices won’t increase unduly, that there will be limited effects on the environment, and that Australia’s existing workforce will still receive adequate training,” he said.

      Very well put.