Australia's leading real estate agent says tenants who struggle must move to cities like Adelaide and Perth to make their dollar go further.
The president of the Real Estate Institute of Australia, Malcolm Gunning, also believes that those struggling to pay for housing should consider taking a second job.
"Now, your viewers will hate that, that's fine, but many, many people do: many of our migrants have two jobs," Mr. Gunning said on ABC's # 7.30.
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The president of the Real Estate Institute of Australia, Malcolm Gunning (pictured), said he does not think the country is facing a rent affordability crisis
Mr. Gunning said cities like Perth (pictured) should be seen as an alternative to rent in places like Sydney and Melbourne.
Adelaide (in the picture) should also be considered, said Mr. Gunning, but more jobs need to be created in the city to make it a more attractive option.
Mr. Gunning said he did not believe the nation faced a rent affordability crisis, despite the fact that many Australians spent a greater part of their income on rent.
"I do not accept that there is an affordability crisis in the rental, not in Australia, because most of the statistics are focused on Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne," said Mr. Gunning.
The rents in Sydney and Melbourne were kept at very high levels because that was where the population growth was occurring, he said.
Mr. Gunning said it was time for Adelaide and Perth to be seen as serious alternatives to cities like Sydney and Melbourne.
"What we have to do is create jobs in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, and I'm sure many of your viewers, if they can earn the same money, would leave," he said.
Mr. Gunning said that tenants should also recognize the fact that the closer they are to a city, the more expensive it will be.
Mr. Gunning said that while the rents were expensive near the CBD of a major city, the houses on the strips were much more affordable (stock image)
Living outside a large city is a more affordable option for tenants, he said.
In Sydney, a studio just five kilometers from the CBD is rented at a price of $ 470 per week, about 30% of Australia's average weekly wage.
Mr. Gunning said that although that type of apartment might not be to everyone's liking, it was the price of convenience.
According to Ellen Witte, a specialist in economic geography at SGS Economics and Planning, rent stress affects 45% of low-income households.