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I sincerely hope that my last letter published here has stirred up some other comments around the problems of reasonable rental rates for a growing number of people looking for accommodation. 

A forum is urgently needed to address the problem of escalating costs of rental properties (up 15 per cent this year in Perth) and needs to be headed by people who can make a difference and not those with vested interests.

I see Denmark has started and will hold another meeting in three months.

Why wait that long?

We already know the problem and just need people/organisations to start the ball rolling and reinvent the way properties are valued and rented. 

And yes, the State Government has mentioned that ‘X’ number of dwellings will be built over the next few years but it will not address the affordable rent problem.

In any country town in the South West there are dozens of vacant lots and lots of houses offered for sale and come with a price tag that is out of proportion to the area.

Surely the housing authorities are able to take on these properties to create affordable rentals or low interest home purchases rather than leave it to the real estate agents who created this unholy mess in the first place.

The rot started around three decades ago in WA when, in a very short time, the housing market escalated totally out of control, cheered on by the media and government.

We do not have to follow the example set by the eastern states where million dollar properties are the norm.

So, c’mon people let’s get this show on the road and create something positive for future generations of potential home buyers and renters.

Alan J Windsor, Mount Barker

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