The shocking reality of Australia’s rent crisis: outrage after landlord crams four tenants into one room
- Landlord complained about rental listing in Sydney
- One room had two bunk beds crammed into it
A landlord has been criticized for cramming four people into one room and then putting their two-bedroom apartment on the market for $2,000 a month.
The owner had listed the horror house in Sydney for rent in an online advertisement.
A prospective tenant came across the ad before sharing a photo of one of the rooms converted into barracks.
A landlord has been criticized for cramming four people into one room and then putting their two-bedroom apartment on the market for $2,000 a month
Two bunk beds are crammed into the small space with a narrow aisle separating them.
Next to them is a small fan indicating that the room has no air conditioning.
The prospective tenant said he was heartbroken at the sight.
“I came across a Facebook post where a landlord was promoting his $2,000 2BDR that sleeps four people in one bedroom,” they wrote on Reddit.
“As someone quite detached from the housing crisis, the photo broke my heart and I just wanted to share it. I hope you are well.’
The prospective tenant explained that the property had two rooms.
One of them was advertised for four people, while the other was advertised for two tenants.
Social media users expressed their anger and criticized the horrific state of the property saying it was an all too common trend.
‘There are people renting beds on balconies in Sydney! With plastic sheeting to keep the weather out. This is disturbing,” one wrote.
A second person added, “Friend of mine stayed in an apartment like this.
“He was miserable, but it was all he could afford without owning a car. the balcony view was incredible. Literally across the street from the opera house.
A converted garden shed was advertised on Facebook for $350 a month in an unnamed suburb of Melbourne – described as an open space with enough room for three beds plus a bathroom
“It was worth it for him.”
One of them wrote that they had a similar experience while renting in the Midwest.
“I stayed in a room in Newtown/St Peters where it was like six guys in one room – it was so bad even as a domestic student in 2017/2018,” they wrote.
The property is the latest example of the rental crisis sweeping Australia, with tenants forced to accept substandard living conditions as availability declines.
A converted garden shed was advertised on Facebook for $350 a month in an unnamed suburb of Melbourne – described as an open space with enough room for three beds plus a bathroom.
Astroturf is used as a carpet and an old mattress is on the floor, as shown in photos from Daily Mail Australia.
As an alternative to Sydneysiders, tenants had the option of a bizarre wooden loft in downtown Pyrmont for $330 a week.
Photos uploaded to Flatmates.com.au show a wooden box raised above the ground with room for a mattress, but not much else.
The ad describes a living room below as a separate communal area.
The room is shared with another tenant who also lives in a loft, although theirs has “a private bus and a relaxation area underneath.”