Adams to take the lead on housing

There’s a new housing minister on the block as the Prime Minister gives Social Investment minister Amy Adams broader portfolio responsibilities in a mini Cabinet reshuffle.

How to raise the rent by 10%

Wondering how to boost your rental returns? Here is our list of key do-ups that will raise your rent by 10% without risking vacancy.

Affordability measure problems

The government’s planned Housing Affordability Measure (HAM) has been delayed again and the Opposition is questioning why.


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Secondary occupiers under the LVRs
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