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Published: 9 September 2014

Authors: Johnson, A.

Housing market changes and their impact on children. 

Part 4 in Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy series. 

While this focus on housing shows that the issues are complex, the principal barrier to access to quality housing is the high price of housing compared to wages. Increasing numbers of families are unlikely to ever own a house. For families who are renting, the problem is threefold: house rents are high and increasing, the quality of many rental properties is substandard and deteriorating, and the rental market provides few rights and protections for renters.