Research shows 40 per cent of first-time buyers in Wales bought their first property in order to be near to their relatives.
Shelter Cymru says that tenants are having to pay 'unreasonable' administration fees, and some letting agents show a 'lack of transparency.'
The latest RICS Housing Market Survey for Wales shows that house prices have continued to fall.
Rental prices are at a record high due to a shortage of supply in homes, according to the property company behind today's figures.
LSL Property Services owns chains Your Move and Reeds Rains, and says there has been "a new peak in tenant demand."
– David Newnes, Director of LSL Property Services
A new peak in tenant demand has driven rents to new heights, well above all previous records.
Higher rents in almost every region show that, despite government schemes, buying a first home is still a difficult aspiration.
This is not only down to low salary growth, but also a general shortage of supply - which is the underlying reason why homes are getting more expensive.
The long term-trend to renting therefore looks unlikely to change significantly in the near future, despite the better availability of finance compared to previous years.
Rental prices have reached a record high in Wales.
The average monthly rent here was £573 in September.
The figures have been published by LSL Property Services, and reflect a rise that has also taken place in England.
Private rental prices have risen by 3.1 per cent in Wales over the last year, a faster rate than every region of England, outside London.
The company says a growing demand for people wanting to rent has pushed prices up.
Shelter has described the latest figures on rent prices as "devastating news" for renters.
– Roger Harding, Shelter's director of campaigns, policy and communications
As more people are priced out of home ownership and waiting lists grow longer, too many families are being left trapped in the unstable and expensive private rental market.
Every day Shelter hears from people who are having to cut back on essentials as they struggle to pay their rent each month. With wages flat-lining, the fact that rents have reached record highs means that even more people will find it harder and harder to make ends meet.
We need the Government to fix our rental market to provide more security and get on with building many more genuinely affordable homes.
Wales needs to see a big increase in the building of smaller homes, according to a cross-party group of MPs.
It follows a warning that more people here are affected by the cut in housing benefits that critics call the 'bedroom tax' than in any other part of the UK.
The Welsh Affairs committee says those affected will find it hard to downsize because of the lack of smaller properties in Wales.
Sandra Charlesworth from Rhondda Cynon Taf says she will lose a quarter of her housing benefit, after her husband died, meaning she now lives alone.
She doesn't want to move somewhere smaller though, as her home is "my life, my heart, this is where my children come to - our life together meant everything, and it all happened in our home, my home is here."
The UK Government says "the taxpayer can no longer afford to cover the costs of spare bedrooms" for social housing tenants, but it has made extra money available to support vulnerable people affected by the spare room subsidy, commonly known as the bedroom tax.
The way the system works is that tenants classed as having one spare bedroom lose 14 per cent of their housing benefit, while those with two or more spare bedrooms lose 25 per cent.
It is targeted at reducing under-occupancy of social housing.
There are 90,000 households on council waiting lists in Wales.
The UK Government points out that claimants can decide whether to pay the difference, or move to smaller accommodation - and councils have discretion over whether disabled children should be allocated their own bedrooms.
– Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson
Housing benefit continues to pay the vast majority of people's rent, but the taxpayer can no longer afford to cover the costs of spare bedrooms.
However, we have made £6.2m available to Welsh councils to support vulnerable people, with an additional £880,000 available to help those in rural parts of Wales.
The organisation which represents Wales' 22 local authorities, the Welsh Local Government Association, says councils here have long argued that the UK Government's reform of the housing benefit system will have a disproportionate impact in Wales.
The WLGA says:
- There are 250,000 people in Wales currently getting some form of housing benefit
- The under-occupancy penalty, commonly called the 'bedroom tax', came into force in April 2013 and affects approximately 40,000 tenants in Wales
- That is a higher proportion of households than any other region of the UK
– Councillor David Phillips, WLGA Spokesperson for Welfare Reform
My own council [Swansea], like many in Wales, has been overwhelmed with people seeking help and advice on the bedroom tax, and local councils in Wales have voiced considerable concern over the changes being made to the UK housing benefit system.
What is plainly obvious in most cases is that the bedroom tax reform places some of our most vulnerable residents under severe financial pressure, while offering them no viable way to change or improve their situation.
There are simply not enough smaller properties for people to move to. There remains an acute shortage of 1 and 2 bedroom homes in Wales.
Tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax' are falling behind their rent payments because they can't afford the extra costs.
The Community Housing Cymru have helped to make recommendations on the report. They say the Welsh government need to build more houses to deal with the shortage.
– Nick Bennett, Group Chief Executive of Community Housing Cymru
We are in the process of gathering data from our members looking at the impact of the first six months of the 'bedroom tax'. 87 percent of those who responded have seen an increase in arrears since the introduction of the 'bedroom tax', with 43% of tenants part paying but almost 20% paying nothing at all towards the shortfall.
The housing supply crisis has been a major contributor to the increasing welfare bill and until we see a long-term affordable house building programme, that will drive down the price of rents for everybody, this won't change.
A report by MPs on the Welsh Affairs Committee argues that more one and two bedroom housing is needed to re-home people affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax.'
They found that the shortage of one and two bedroom properties means many tenants have been forced to live in temporary accommodation.
The committee of MPs have also expressed concerns on the ways housing benefit is to be given to recipients when the universal credit is introduced next year.
There are 250,000 people in Wales who currently receive housing benefits.
One of Wales' biggest house builders is stopping its developments in the valleys north of Pontypridd because it doesn't make enough profit on sales.
The news from Persimmon Homes comes a day after the Welsh Government announced plans to invest £130 million to build affordable homes across Wales in the next 30 years.
But housing community bosses say those plans don't go far enough, as Alexandra Lodge reports.
Work will start this year on constructing 1000 homes which will be built in Wales over the next two years.
And over the next 30 years the Welsh Government will be putting £130m towards building "quality and affordable housing.
Carl Sargeant, Minister for Housing and Regeneration says, "Building new homes is important not only in meeting the growing housing need of communities but also as a way of providing work to help people out of poverty and to counter the highly damaging effects of the UK Government's 'bedroom tax'.