I wouldn't go over a third of your income which can be hard being just over 600 dollars a month. Depends on your areas.
They say rent shouldn't be more than 1 weeks worth of income. Or something like that.
Well, assuming you have no debt, ratio of income= 3 times rent is acceptable to me, as a landlord. If the debt is higher, the ratio goes down.
So, about $650 per month, assuming you don't have a lot of debt. You have to live, pay all utilities, pay for medical care, pay for kids (extremely expensive right there), pay for food, clothes, etc.
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I can't really say without know the rest of your average monthly bills not including rent. But I would say no more than $600 ( without knowing the rest ) When I was going through my divorce I had a montlhy income of $2000 it was just my dd and myself and I had a house payment of $906. Plus hoi of $112, electricity and water which varied , food, and a cell bill of $75 ( I think ) and no car payment and it was tough some months depending on the electric bill.
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