Monday, July 15, 2013

Housing Unaffordability Still a WA Problem

Housing affordability has been largely ignored by both major parties as the Federal election nears in spite of the problem's prevalence across WA electorates. There was an article today that showed the WA electorates where mortgage stress and rental stress is highest with the south east metro electorate of Canning topping both measures of housing affordability. Mortgage and rental stress is defined as where the cost of repayments or rent is more than 30% of the household income. How stressed are your neighbours?

Below are the WA Federal electorates, which party is holding that electorate, the percentage of households under mortgage stress and the percentage of households under rental stress.
  • CANNING (LP) 33% / 12%
  • BRAND (ALP) 29% / 11%
  • HASLUCK (LP) 28% / 11%
  • COWAN  (LP) 28% / 12%
  • PEARCE  (LP 27% / 12%
  • STIRLING (LP) 27% / 9%
  • FORREST (LP) 25% / 11%
  • MOORE (LP) 25% / 8%
  • SWAN (LP) 25% 9%
  • FREMANTLE (ALP) 24% / 9%
  • PERTH (ALP) 23% / 9%
  • TANGNEY (LP) 23% / 8%
  • CURTIN (LP) 21% / 6%
  • O’CONNOR (NP) 18% / 12%

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