A single mother is renovating an old barn to live with her daughter after giving up on finding a rental place amid Australia’s housing crisis.
Perth mum was forced to get creative as rents rose. and the shortage of housing supply drives tenants out of the market.
With only one income, he attended open houses knowing his chances of getting a spot were slim.
A Perth mum (pictured) is renovating an old barn after giving up on finding a rental place
“I’ve been renting for 10 years and, on paper, I’m a very good tenant,” she said. 7NEWS.
“But I have no chance of getting a rental in this market; it doesn’t make sense.”
In Perth, the average weekly rental price is now $630 after a 13% annual increase, while rents have risen 8% nationwide.
Quickly running out of options and fearing homelessness, the mother took the opportunity to move into the barn.
With the help of some friends, he is turning it into a safe, livable space, but there is still a long way to go.
The barn has been cleaned but still needs kitchen and plumbing.
The mother is optimistic about moving to the property, where she will have horses to care for.
‘I’m very excited to have our own space. It is a great relief and an incredible feeling.”
TO GoFundMe campaign It has been created by a friend to help her pay for exchanges and services.
According CoreLogicThe average weekly rent in Australia rose to $601 in January, ranging from $745 per week in Sydney to $535 per week in Hobart.
The only markets to see a drop in rental values through 2023 were Canberra and Hobart, down -1.9% and -3.5% respectively.