The price of rent has skyrocketed across the country, with millions of Australians paying more for rent now than ever before.
Figures seen by 7NEWS show rent has increased significantly for most capital cities.
In some cases, prices have increased by more than $100 a week in just one year, with families struggling to keep up.
Single father-of-three Matt Pender is struggling to afford a place to live after being evicted from his home.
In Nowra, where Mr Pender lives, rent has increased by $2860 in one year.
“The pressure gets to me but you just hope for the best,” he told 7NEWS.
In Sydney, prices have increased by $1560 a year, with rent going up further in the city’s north west, in Windsor, where rent has increased by $3120.
Further north, in Grafton, rent has gone up by $3900.
In Queensland, rent in Brisbane has increased by $2340 and by $4880 on the Sunshine Coast.
Rent has increased by $2860 and $2080 per year in Perth and Adelaide respectively.
Melbourne is the only city where rent has gone down, having decreased by $520.
But in nearby Ocean Grove, prices have risen by $3640.
The biggest increase in rent in the country was observed at Byron Bay, where rent has increased by $10,400.
Shadow Housing Minister Jason Clare said the issue is a “crisis”.
“We’ve had a health crisis with COVID, now it’s been replaced by a housing crisis,” he said.
“This is the biggest bill that millions of Aussies pay every week.”
Mr Clare wants more land available to build on.
“This should be on the agenda of National Cabinet,” Mr Clare said.
“If we win the next election we will do that.”
Tenants Union spokesperson Leo Patterson Ross added: “we’re talking about real families and real people whose incomes cannot keep up”.