NYC Isn't The Only Place The "Rent Is Too Damn High"; Euros And Canadians Also Struggle To Make Rent

Tyler Durden's picture

Jimmy McMillan III, the now infamous founder of the "Rent Is Too Damn High Party", as well as a self-described karate expert, Vietnam War vet, former postal worker and male stripper, has made it his mission for the past two decades to fight rising rents in New York City that have persistently pushed lower-income families out of Manhattan to make more room for America's Ivy-League educated, entitled snowflakes.

But according to recent data published by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) and the  Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Big Apple isn't the only place where a significant portion of the population is struggling to meet monthly rent payments.  In fact, per the JCHS, the U.K., Spain and Canada join the U.S. to round out the list of the top four countries in the developed world where 20-30% of renters spend more than 50% of their gross income on rent alone.

The US, along with Spain, exhibits more pervasive and severe rental affordability problems than the other countries considered. The analysis indicates that the greater cost burdens found among renters in the US, relative to most of the other countries, are largely due to greater income inequality, to more limited housing assistance programs, and perhaps to a housing supply consisting of units that are larger and better-equipped but that are consequently more expensive. This paper is largely focused on lessons for the US from comparisons to other countries, but hopefully it will be useful for those interested in comparisons among those other countries
 as well.



As Bloomberg points out, when you lower that threshold to 40%, the numbers are even more staggering and includes a large portion of Europe.



Meanwhile, Spain wins the award for the highest percentage of gross income that goes directly to landlords, while the U.S. and United Kingdom are a close 2nd and 3rd at around 30%.



That said, while a significant portion of renters across Europe receive some type of taxpayer-funded rent subsidy, renters in the U.S. just have to rely on their federally-subsidized student loans to cover their rent and spring break trips to Cancun.


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Lyman54's picture

Toronto and Vancouver the two largest snowflake/LGBTQP regions  in Canada, tend to skew the reality of rental costs.

evoila's picture

sucks for spain; rent is relatively cheap there.

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) Lyman54 Mar 10, 2017 9:01 PM

Move to Kentucky...Rent is $300 to $400 a month.  If you can't figure it out....MOVE.   It is that simple.  FREE MARKET YOU FUCKERS......Strong survive...the weak I being cruel, nope....This is how it works.  You can't punish the people who make good decisions....and take risks.  Right? in Oregon the snowflakes keep attacking the is not their fault rents are going through the is market demand.  

ATTENTION ALL SNOWFLAKES.....DON'T MOVE TO PORTLAND OREGON.....Rents are too high, and all you will do is bitch.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

In February 2017 - just few weeks ago, both BMO and RBC acknowledged that officially Toronto is speculation market. Also, gov changed the tone and suddenly switched position on implementing foreign buyer tax in Ontario, they will do it. These are signals that shit is close to explode and the smart guys should pull out or not buy anymore.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) Luc X. Ifer Mar 10, 2017 10:24 PM

Rent too damn high?

Consider it Karma for the West continually propping up the greatest injustice of the 20th century.

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) Mano-A-Mano Mar 10, 2017 10:24 PM

Life in the western world is truly becoming unbearable. Financially, that is.

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) kavlar Mar 10, 2017 10:25 PM

Asia is the future.

Adullam's picture

Don't you ever give up? Spam somewhere else. And pick ONE of your many names and stick with it.

flicker life's picture
flicker life (not verified) Adullam Mar 11, 2017 7:09 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Luc X. Ifer's picture

What is that 'biblicism institute' - u guys snort each others farts and get high before starting predicting meteo conditions of the next hour using as source of truth the old story book, kind of shamanism?!

Itinerant's picture

People cannot afford the rent because they don't earn enough. You would expect that the prices would fall, but they never ever do. Is that because housing just costs so much? NO. Most of the price is not in the building costs: there are plenty of buildings around that were paid off 100 years ago. It's the land under the houses [locaton!] that drives up the prices. But there are no costs associated with the land -- it's been here since creation.

Somewhere there's a giant market failure, otherwise supply and demand should find a new balance. Subsidized rents can only delay the moment a new balance is found. Of course, if I can't afford a BMW, I will have to make do with maybe a bicycle. Moving to rural Mississippi may make housing cheaper, but there's now income at all, so that doesn't work. There have to be other factors at work if people can't afford the rent and the price never goes down.

Maybe all the costs go into supporting the banks' and the Fed's balance sheet. Maybe no landlords go broke because the banks don't want to write down their assets and have the properties go to cheaper operators, and the banks can carry the mortgages at mark to fantasy values, preferring to refinance the owner or sitting on an empty property to taking a loss in a sale. In the wake of the sub-prime crisis there were a lot of voices advocating bulldozing 2 million homes, because it would be good for housing and the economy.

divingengineer's picture

Got a rental house in Kentucky, you're about right on the rent.

edifice's picture

Yeah, but who wants to live in Kentucky?

Luc X. Ifer's picture

The ones who want to survive what's comming. So, which demographic group r u, surviving or extinct?!

peterk's picture

You yanks have it good... real good.

I frequesntly see  houses in the USA for $150000, - $200000 for sale

ok they are in kentucky or what ever,  so thats why the rent is $3-400 a month as you say.

In Australia even in the country you will be paying rents  at 80% of sydney rents.. theres no difference almost.

Australians are just stupid dumb.... world class dumb

This propelrty  bubble, almost 25 years now long, has totally emgrossed the  politics, economy and psyche of  people here. NOTHING outside real estate  matters.

This Ustralian property bubble deserves to be written up  along side the TULIP BUBBLE AND SOUTH SEA TRADING company bubble as a footnote in history to mans short sightedness.

chosen's picture

You Aussies let too many fucking foreigners buy into your housing market, especially Chinks.  Now you are paying for it.

Xena fobe's picture

We in the USA do too.  Traitorous baby boomers.

Xena fobe's picture

No jobs in Kentucky.  The snowflakes are right. Property hoarding needs to be made a criminal offence. And price gouging is already illegal most places.

Funn3r's picture

What is it about "Free Market" fans that they are always loudmouths? You could have made your point equally well without all the fucker bitch snowflake.

Also can you not read - in some countries (such as my own) the government will subsidise 50 percent or more of people's rent. How is that your wonderful Free Market? The subsidy just pushes up rents and wastes my tax money.

cherokeepilot's picture

I don't know what area in Kentucky that you think the rent is $300 to $400 a month. 

I live in the Lexington Kentucky area and the average for a 1 bedroom apartment is $600 a month.  Want a 3 bedroom apartment?  The average rent for that is over $900 a month.  Maybe you can rent a Trailer in the country for The amount you mention but it ain'ta gonna be pretty.  I was paying $700 for a small two bedroom house in the country 5 years ago. That same house is now renting for $900.

GreatUncle's picture

Should be that weak TBFT should fucking fail too?

If you ain't capable you should perish also.

Actually if you just did away with the snowflakes and precious ones the human race would become way more capable and intelligent also.

ebworthen's picture

In case you want the picture of Jimmy McMillan:

(Link opens in new window/tab.  No, I am not the Author, and yes - the Rent is too damn high!)

knukles's picture

Isn't he Samuel L Jackson's half-brother?

ebworthen's picture

I don't see it here, but after reading more, I think I like this guy:

"James "Jimmy" McMillan III (born December 1, 1946)[1] is an American political activist, perennial candidate, karate expert, and Vietnam War veteran, as well as a former postal worker, stripper and private investigator from Brooklyn, New York."

His favorite film is apparently "Deep Throat"; um, well, yes...a classic.


divingengineer's picture

A real renaissance man, funny, I always thought he was a random nut.

Burltron's picture

I live in Ottawa.  Just bought a three bedroom house in the suburbs for way too much money.  I received my first water bill from the city and it was $300 for two months. They are effectively drowning the middle class. Our hydro power bills are hundreds of dollars a month, while we sell or electricity to the US for pennies to the dollar. It's sick the position they are putting us into. I read an article that 78% of the power company employees make over 100k a year. Pause and think about that for a moment. That's not how you build an organization. I feel cuckolded for trying to raise a family. Daycare is 400$ every two weeks for one child and that is cheap for my city. These assholes are running away from us unchecked and it's absolutely out of control.  If I was one of our Syrian immigrants were so proud of, I'm not even racist, I get dentist for free, housing, clothing and whatever else.

Silversides's picture

Same here in Calgary...then add rising property taxes, business taxes and minimum wage with a carbon tax as a fucking cherry on top. Good thing I'm stocked up on bullets, bullion and beans because something has got to give very soon to stop these cunts, and it ain't gonna be pretty...

Burltron's picture

I gots my guns too silverside. Comforting to know it's not just me.

Déjà view's picture

Chinese...Calgary RE 'Stampede'?

Lyman54's picture

The first four words of your post sums it up.  Ontario voted lesbian and elected a sociopathic nut.  You live there.  What is your next move.  Liberal sociopaths tend to congregate.

Burltron's picture

My next move is to stay here and keep employed.

Lyman54's picture

When you say   "I am not even racist"  we know you are beyond hope.

Burltron's picture

Obviously I'm racist. Jesus.

sagramore's picture

A good JW and Mormon knows when to move on. So does a good SJW.

sagramore's picture

You're on the wrong side of the river, buddy.  Meet a cute French girl and get a house in those new developements up on Pink.

NoDebt's picture

When real estate just becomes another hot money asset class it gets stockpiled, utilization rates be damned.  If you can outrun your taxes on the place with price appreciation why would you ever need to use it for anything productive (like just living there)?



Mareka's picture

Canadians love importing immigrants so they have more competition for housing.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

You got it indeed. Gov is desperate, they know Canada sits on a gunpowder barrel housing market wise and the only solution they have to keep the can rolling is to keep a continously increasing mass of immigrants willing to submit into the stereotype of owning a house. The new immigrants would practically work for lower and lower salaries spitting blood 24x7 and associate and live crowded like rats so that they afford the mortgage or the rent. This is why the gov practically eliminated the incentives for euro-caucasians to search residence in Canada and started to promote aggressively multiculturalism and incentives for Asian and Muslim areas populations to see Canada as a desirable residence, because these people are perfect conditioned cattle into farming - modern days slaves to keep rolling the system for the benefit of the 1% or even les who trully own Canada.

SmittyinLA's picture

Problem is the "rent is too damn high" people keep voting for more new renters and no more housing.


Savvy's picture

"Voting" for more new renters? Canadians never had a goddamn say in whether migrants get in -or how many- and neither did anybody else.

The fucking gov just does wtf ever it wants and raises taxes to do it.

SmittyinLA's picture

Figure 7 makes the case for no immigration

TeethVillage88s's picture

His fight is against force that want to Inflate Rents for all of the USA. He thinks it is just NYC, maybe or whatever... he fights the small fight... when it is a National Issue/National Fight.

"Jimmy McMillan III, the now infamous founder of the "Rent Is Too Damn High Party", as well as a self-described karate expert, Vietnam War vet, former postal worker and male stripper, has made it his mission for the past two decades to fight rising rents in New York City that have persistently pushed lower-income families out of Manhattan to make more room for America's Ivy-League educated, entitled snowflakes."

- Nothing new in this Article Idea
- King George all over
- Protestant England Accepted worse usury than Martin Luther and worse than the Roman Empire which everyone knew as Corrupt
- Article Presumes that there is a Normal that citizens can grab as a "Bench Mark", this is not true at all... Author should do more work... Europe has been screwed for over 200 years... and Europe has Crewed it's Colonies worse than that with similar techniques, similar schemes, similar Rules, Regulations, Taxes, Fees, usury, Fees, Permits or whatever

- 97 different kinds of Taxes:
- 75,000 Pages in the Federal Register of Regulations
- 74,000 Pages in the IRS Income Tax Rules
- 2,700 Pages in ACA (Obama Care) Initially, but more than 20,000 pages with all other related regulations

Thaxter's picture

After 36 years in Seattle, I'm finally getting out. I've been priced out of rent. I had a good life here, worked a couple of fascinating and interesting jobs, but was laid off in January. I knew this would be my last apartment; at $1350 for a two-bedroom, it was considered a "good deal" -- but with utilities, insurance, ridiculous car license fees, etc., I just couldn't save anything.

Am grateful to be leaving because I wouldn't want to get too old here and be in an apartment. There is literally nowhere to go, unless you want to live in a tacky little studio for $1400 or maybe rent a room at age 70 with a bunch of other oldsters . . . or just hope you get on a waiting list for an opening in a crowded old person's home here. Now that I have unemployment, it's the perfect time to escape back to the Midwest.

Did I mention the traffic is insanely crowded at all hours of the day? And that trying to shop at any of grocery stores on weekends is like weaving through a human-bodied maze? And the politics --hooo boy.

No regrets. I got to experience Seattle in the 1980s when it was still a sleepy little town for losers. Things started to go bad in the 1990s . . . I should have seen the writing on the wall then, but I was too busy enjoying a carefree life. And even in the 1990s, a nobody could still find an apartment.

I shudder with relief that I'm getting out before I hit retirement. I've read too many horror stories in the news about maga developers buying buildings on Capitol Hill and kicking frail old people to the sidewalks. That's the seamy side of "progressive" Seattle -- a case history of a western pioneer town that brutally erased whatever little soul it had.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

R u sure you don't describe Toronto :) ?!

directaction's picture

I lived in Seattle in the '80s, too. It was a cool little place back then, freeways rarely jammed, the friendly bars always jammed.
But I escaped before the place lost its funk and soul. Don't want to ever get near that city again. 

Xena fobe's picture

Same with LA. Lots of gentrification and residents being kicked out of affordable units to make way for developments.  Chinese money.  Best of luck with your move.

TeethVillage88s's picture

USA has been under Psychological Operations since 1963 at least. Not military Operations in the normal sense. CIA is paramilitary and Operation Gladio and Mockingbird are good examples. Remember the Strategy of Tension needed to pull public opinion toward the right (or Facsim or a Tyranny or Globalism of course).

This is the age of New-Economics.

Wars will continue till the country is bankrupt and eveyone is fully aware of this fact. That is why

- World Reserve Currency, USD, is one of the worst Fiats even though it takes many public narratives and hegemony to convince the world that we are the 'safe harbor' currency... while not really have gold reserves... we use military force and have endless Fiat to convince people the USD is the best
- Money Velocity Theory, QT Theory, has been cast aside since we allow capital flight, capital hoarding, stagnant capital, and off shore production... along with Tax Inversion, Off Shore Tax Jurisidictions... Globalism Baby... Corporate Execuitves have carte blanch to make as much as possible and use as much Overhead and admin costs as they want
- Current Account Deficit, Total Account Deficit, Total Trade Deficit... also cast aside in globalism (Fascism or whatever you want to call it)

Yes, they turned Economics, Media, and Education on their heads... for psychological operations on voters... and to convince the world that the USD was a great World Reserve Currency... and that Deficit Spending and High Debt didn't matter... and for the "Rape of US Markets and US Labor".

Call a friend, call a cop... No Rape a Friend, Rape us all.


Wealth Distribution from 2008 OECD on Wikipedia of GINI Data. This is the Top 10 Worst Wealth Distribution and is likely the USA is the same or worse.

Namibia 0.847
Zimbabwe 0.845
Denmark 0.808
Switzerland 0.803
United States 0.801
Gabon 1272 0.784
Central Africa 0.782
Swaziland 0.780
Guatemala 0.779
Chile 0.777

Supposedly there are only 4 countries in OECD that are worse than the USA.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Gee think we can trust Bloomberg or WSJ to do the math?

- NO

Can we get a quote from Thomas Pikety?

Here are alternate source of info, data, from Wikipedia:

The table below is for 2000, and is based on Purchasing power parity (PPP) dollars, based on a 2008 working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research(NBER).

The World Distribution of Household Wealth. February 2008. By James B. Davies, Susanna Sandström, Anthony Shorrocks, and Edward N. Wolff. United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER).
Estimating the Level and Distribution of Global Household Wealth. November 2007. By James B. Davies, Susanna Sandström, Anthony Shorrocks, and Edward N. Wolff. UNU-WIDER.
The World Distribution of Household Wealth. July 2007. By James B. Davies, Susanna Sandström, Anthony Shorrocks, and Edward N. Wolff. Center for Global, International and Regional Studies. University of California, Santa Cruz.
The World Distribution of Household Wealth. 5 December 2006. By James B. Davies, Susanna Sandstrom, Anthony Shorrocks, and Edward N. Wolff. Tables to the 2006 report in Excel (including Gini coefficients for 229 countries). UNU-WIDER.
World's richest 1% own 40% of all wealth, UN report discovers. 6 December 2006. By James Randerson. The Guardian.
It's the Inequality, Stupid. March/April 2011 Issue. Mother Jones (magazine). Many charts, with sources.
Who Rules America: Wealth, Income, and Power. July 2011. By G. William Domhoff. Many charts, and sources. See table 4 for wealth distribution by country. See table 7 for income distribution by country.
Alan Grayson says United States has fifth-most unequal wealth distribution in world. 10 October 2011. PolitiFact.
CHARTS: Here's What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About.... 11 October 2011. Business Insider.
OECD 2015 In It Together Chapter 1 Overview Inequality. 21 May 2015. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. More recent Gini data p.41.