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Aussie dad rejected from 360 rentals – and he’s SICK of everyone blaming his face tattoo

A single dad desperate for a home has revealed how he’s been turned down for 360 rental properties – and insists his facial tattoo isn’t to blame.

Ash Brown, 32, and his two children have been homeless for five months, forcing them to sleep together on one mattress at his mother’s Adelaide home.

Blaming his situation on the huge demand for rental housing, the father reveals that he is regularly forced to compete with more than 50 people in home inspections.

As a single parent, he says he struggles to compete with multi-income families — and is adamant that his housing problems have nothing to do with the ink on his face following a response on social media after a TV interview.

“They don’t give me reasons,” he told Daily Mail Australia. “They just never contact me. This is due to the rental crisis. In every inspection I go to, there are at least 50 to 60 other people applying for the same homes — and dare I say many of these are multi-income families and households.

“People on social media say ‘oh that’s because of your facial tattoo’, but this isn’t the case. Not once have I ever been visually judged by a real estate agent because of my tattoos. Honestly, the only judgment I’ve ever gotten is for my tattoos since the Channel 7 interview.

Ash Brown, 32, has revealed his struggle to find a home for him and his two children to live in

Ash Brown, 32, has revealed his struggle to find a home for him and his two children to live in

They have been homeless for five months, forcing them to sleep together on one mattress at his mother's house in Adelaide

They have been homeless for five months, forcing them to sleep together on one mattress at his mother’s house in Adelaide

“And the point is, it’s there for a reason, the tattoo. It says ‘Blessed’. I got it when I became a single father and had to start raising my kids on my own.

“The whole concept of being a solo parent was very new to me and difficult. I personally struggled with depression with the whole situation and wanted something to remind me every time I looked in the mirror exactly what I’m fighting for. Those are my two children.’

In the Channel 7 interview, he also added: ‘We really wanted to be in a house for my son’s fifth birthday.

“I feel like I’m letting my kids down because I can’t provide a home for them, even if I do everything I can.”

Brown’s son, Benjamin, celebrated his fifth birthday on Tuesday, with the father taking his children to a hotel so they could enjoy a different environment.

“I’ve been to three property inspections today and the same story each time, between 40 and 60 people there, and it’s clear that some of these people are in better financial shape than I am.

I know I’ll be overlooked again. I have always paid my rent weeks in advance. I have good references. My previous rental was in the same place for 5 years. The only reason we had to leave was because the owner wanted to renovate and then sell the property.

“I am desperately looking for a home for myself and my children. I even wrote several letters to the Prime Minister that went unanswered, and to 13 other MPs.’

Michelle Gegenhuber, Executive General Manager of Believe Housing Australia, told 7News that there are currently more people on the brink of becoming homeless than before the pandemic.

Anglicare Australia’s 2022 Rental Affordability Snapshot also revealed that only eight of the 6,000 rental ads nationwide were affordable for a person on JobSeeker, and only one ad was affordable for someone on a youth allowance.

Mr Brown's son, Benjamin, celebrated his fifth birthday on Tuesday, with the father taking his children to a hotel so they could enjoy a change of scenery (photo at a friend's house)

Mr Brown’s son, Benjamin, celebrated his fifth birthday on Tuesday, with the father taking his children to a hotel so they could enjoy a change of scenery (photo at a friend’s house)

As a single parent, he says he struggles to compete with multi-income families — and insists his housing problems have nothing to do with his facial tattoo after a social media response after a TV interview

As a single parent, he says he struggles to compete with multi-income families — and insists his housing problems have nothing to do with his facial tattoo after a social media response after a TV interview

For full-time workers on minimum wage, 778 rents were affordable, and for those on old age pensions, only 336 were affordable.

Earlier this month, research by analysts Compare the Market found that 49 percent of renters in Australia have had rent increases in the past 12 months, leading many to fear how much the next rent increase will be.

According to SQM Research, average house rents in state and territory capitals of Australia have increased 16.3 percent over the past year to $657 per week.

About 41 percent of all renters said it affected their ability to save, including for a down payment to buy a home.

Rent increases that are considered “excessive” are different in each location, but in general rental agencies consider increases to be excessive if they differ too much from comparable market rents, if there is a significant difference from the current rent, or if the property has outstanding repairs are needed.

The national vacancy rate for rental homes is only 1.1 percent of all homes. The vacancy rate in the regions is below 1 percent.

Compare the Market Chris Ford said it’s a very tough market for struggling renters.

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