Key housing groups ‘bizarrely’ excluded from Queensland housing summit

Key housing groups 'bizarrely' excluded from Queensland housing summit

A summit to handle Queensland’s housing disaster will proceed on Thursday with out representatives of personal landlords, who make up a lot of the state’s rental market.

Annastacia Palaszcauk final month introduced an pressing assembly of trade teams and stakeholders following stress to take motion on the devastating hire crunch, which has seen tenants struggle to find affordable housing on the again of rising demand and plummeting provide.

However formal requests to attend despatched weeks in the past by two peak teams for landlords – the Property Funding Professionals of Australia and the Property Traders Council of Australia – have been ignored.

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s housing summit will proceed with none representatives for personal landlords. Image: Getty


It was solely after media inquiries on Wednesday, on the eve of the summit, that the Premier’s workplace lastly despatched a response to each teams advising that their requests have been rejected.

“All enter obtained has been thought-about within the improvement of the summit agenda and the Queensland Authorities has labored to make sure that the composition of the summit displays the broad vary of stakeholders concerned in Queensland’s housing sector,” the e-mail, despatched at 1.53pm, learn.

The e-mail despatched to PIPA and PICA simply hours earlier than the summit. Image: Provided


Nicola McDougall, chair of PIPA, mentioned she was baffled by the silence and eventual rejection from the federal government given the essential function that landlords play in offering housing.

“It’s weird we have now been snubbed given our current investor sentiment survey helped to shine a light-weight on the truth that buyers had already abandoned the Queensland market,” Ms McDougall mentioned.

“Addressing the essential undersupply of rental properties in Queensland requires the enter of all stakeholders, together with buyers who’re the most important suppliers of rental housing within the state, however maybe the premier shouldn’t be within the very important function they play in society.” 

In saying the roundtable, Ms Palaszczuk mentioned it could comprise senior figures inside authorities, the Native Authorities Affiliation of Queensland, Brisbane’s Lord Mayor, and numerous non-government stakeholders.

“Nothing is extra vital than having a roof over your head – it’s a fundamental want – and the tales of individuals with out safe housing are heartbreaking,” Ms Palaszczuk mentioned.

The premier mentioned a variety of measures have been being rolled out to enhance housing provide, with extra to be thought-about following the summit.

However her controversial housing tax hike, which was dumped after staunch criticism and warnings it could worsen the hire crunch, had undermined these efforts, Ms McDougall mentioned.

Now, this “weird” snub of landlords was unlikely to instil confidence in these propping up rental provide.

“Our current survey discovered that 29% of buyers are contemplating promoting a property due to altering tenancy laws making it too expensive or onerous to handle [their investments].

“[That is] adopted by the specter of shedding management of their asset due to new or potential authorities laws (27.5%), and the specter of rental freezes being enforced by governments (23%).

“If the proportion of buyers who’re contemplating promoting wind up doing so, then we’re going to see even greater rents in addition to a pointy improve in homelessness – particularly in Queensland, given 45% of buyers bought not less than one dwelling there within the two years to August.”

That two-year discount in provide equates to about 162,000 dwellings throughout the state, she mentioned.

Queensland is within the grips of a extreme rental disaster, with a emptiness fee of simply 0.7% in Brisbane. Image: Getty


Ms McDougall mentioned her organisation had been warning a couple of looming housing disaster for years, however these warnings fell on deaf ears.

“Once we warned concerning the potential affect from lending restrictions on rental provide again in 2017, nobody took any discover, and once we began highlighting the looming rental undersupply some two years in the past, once more, we have been [painted] as actual property zealots,” she mentioned.

“It’s clear that buyers are sick and bored with being handled appallingly by policymakers who regularly consider that they’re an infinite provide of income for his or her coffers.”

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