The rental squeeze is tightening. And these Australians say there’s no escape

The rental squeeze is tightening. And these Australians say there’s no escape

The rental squeeze is tightening across the country and more and more Australians are trapped.     So, how bad is it out there?  Maddy Parsons has rented for most of her adult life.(ABC News: Luke Bowden) Maddy Parsons never thought it’d turn out this way. For almost 15 years she’s been a renter, jumping from share house to … Read more

Joanne sleeps rough with Gold Coast homeless people but has a 40th birthday wish for 2023

Joanne sleeps rough with Gold Coast homeless people but has a 40th birthday wish for 2023

With backyard balconies overlooking her, Joanne Hottes sits tall in her makeshift home under a park shelter next to a popular Gold Coast beach. She’s just meters from the tourist sands, but her reality is a world away from her transient, sometimes affluent neighbors. “This has been my haven for the past few days,” Joanne … Read more

Rent shortage makes Bega Valley family homeless, advocates argue for more temporary housing

Rent shortage makes Bega Valley family homeless, advocates argue for more temporary housing

When Carine Sheridan moved to the Bega Valley from Sydney to escape domestic violence, she dreamed of a fresh start for herself and her three children in southeastern New South Wales. Most important points: There are fears that more families escaping domestic violence will become homeless as the NSW rental crisis continues Carine Sheridan has … Read more

Granny flats may hit tight rental market to help Queensland housing crisis

Granny flats may hit tight rental market to help Queensland housing crisis

Queensland homeowners who own granny flats will be allowed to rent them out for the next three years under emergency planning changes designed to alleviate the state’s housing crisis. The move makes it possible to make second homes available to people other than immediate family members and to expand housing options for smaller households, such … Read more

How the pandemic triggered Australia’s worst rental crisis

How the pandemic triggered Australia’s worst rental crisis

Single mother Tilly Eastwood says the worst part of being priced out of the rental market isn’t living in a garage with her three children. It isn’t the absence of windows for light or fresh air. It’s not even the 150-plus failed rental applications. It’s the gnawing feeling that she’s letting down her kids. “I … Read more

The rental crisis worsens, vacancy falls below 1 percent

The rental crisis worsens, vacancy falls below 1 percent

Retired Gordon Balfour Haynes lived in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales for most of his 73 years. Most important points: The national vacancy rate fell to 0.9 percent in August It is the lowest rate since 2006 Rental prices continue to rise But a few months ago, he packed up his life … Read more

Some tenants are going to extreme lengths to escape the rental crisis amid calls for a long-term solution

Some tenants are going to extreme lengths to escape the rental crisis amid calls for a long-term solution

When Lachie and Molly McLean first started talking about getting married, they knew they had some tough decisions to make about where they wanted to live. Most important points: Australia’s rising rental market has some people looking for creative solutions to avoid falling through the cracks Rising rates and post-COVID migration mean the rental market … Read more

Council’s eviction of campers from park may violate human rights, says social justice lawyer

Council’s eviction of campers from park may violate human rights, says social justice lawyer

A social justice advocate has labeled the eviction of campers from a park in Bendigo as a possible attack on human rights. Most important points: Bendigo municipality director says social housing is not their responsibility On Friday, at the request of the council, the Victorian government changed the park’s status to prohibit camping But a … Read more

Grandparents move into a caravan in their driveway to help daughter’s young family through a rental crisis

Grandparents move into a caravan in their driveway to help daughter’s young family through a rental crisis

The rural shortage of rent has led grandparents Deb and Philip Barker to spend the cold winter nights in a caravan parked in their own driveway. Most important points: There are rules about living in a caravan on your own property in WA and the Barkers have made an anonymous complaint Deb Barker says the … Read more

Holiday home owners refuse Busselton Mayor’s plea to rent out vacant properties

Holiday home owners refuse Busselton Mayor’s plea to rent out vacant properties

Holiday home owners in Western Australia’s largest food and wine region have rejected pleas to rent out their vacant properties, saying they are being treated as scapegoats for the nationwide housing crisis. Most important points: There are over four times more short-stay properties than the long-term rentals available in Busselton The mayor says local government … Read more