The number of houses being repossessed in Western Australia has hit an all time high.
The Supreme Court handled 1,500 repossession applications last financial year, after homeowners defaulted on their repayments.
It is the highest number of applications the court has ever had to process, even during the 2008/09 financial crisis.
And, it is almost three times higher than it was a decade ago.
The Community Housing Coalition's Barry Doyle says the number of people losing their homes is increasing rapidly.
"Housing costs have risen at a rate far greater than incomes over the last five or six years," he said.
"Low income groups, low to mid income groups, who would have bought houses at the height of the boom are struggling to meet their repayments." Mr Doyle says the repossession rate is indicative of severe housing stress.
"You have a significant cohort of the population that, even during times of full employment, are finding themselves struggling to make ends meet to the point where they're defaulting on mortgage repayments," he said.