Fears increased regulation for landlords would harm Australia’s housing market unfounded: AHURI report

Fears Australia’s housing market would suffer if landlords faced increased regulation are unfounded, an international review has found. In countries with similar incentives for mum and dad investors, stronger regulations protecting tenants did not lead to a big drop-off in investors or subsequent house price falls, according to a new Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) report. The view…

Labor pounces on Scott Morrison’s negative gearing ‘lie’ after release of secret briefing documents

Federal Labor’s negative gearing overhaul would likely have a “small” impact on home values, official documents reveal, contradicting Government claims the policy would “smash” Australia’s housing market. The previously confidential advice to Treasurer Scott Morrison from his own department said the Opposition’s plan might cause “some downward pressure” and could have “a relatively modest downward…