I don't watch it myself, but on a morning "news" show there was a segment discussing rent affordability issues. Its aimed at the tenants who think rent is unaffordable. This was their advice: Lets break them down: 1. What skills? I didn't see the segment to get the context of this, but maybe negotiation skills would be handy. 2. Become a property manager. Let me assure you we don't get wholesale rents 3. Cut out the middle man. I assume by this they mean rent directly from a landlord. This isn't any cheaper, unless the LL is unfamiliar with market levels (which is fairly common) 4. Subletting a room is going against what your lease specifies which is cause for eviction. 5. Be a good tenant. This is compulsory anyway, not any affect on market level of rents. How about a few of my own ideas: 6. Use one of the rooms to grow weed in (I'm joking, please don't do that!) 7. Move to an area you can afford 8. Move to a smaller property 9. Buy instead of renting. If you're renting in a high yield area, chances are loan repayments would actually be less. Any others?