‘Very sad’ detail in $350 per week South Melbourne rental listing stuns buyer’s agent on TikTok

‘Very sad’ detail in $350 per week South Melbourne rental listing stuns buyer’s agent on TikTok
  • PublishedSeptember 21, 2023

Even buyer’s agent Ella Cas was shocked at what she was seeing online: ‘No way’

property buyer’s agent has called out a family-of-four for renting out what she claimed to be a tent in the middle of their living room for $350 per week.

Ella Cas was stunned when she stumbled across the landlord’s listing of a “private room with own bathroom” showing a picture of a pop-up tent with a mattress pitched in their apartment.

The tenant is expected to share the three-bedroom apartment in Melbourne with a couple and their two kids – as renters around Australia struggle to find a home amid the housing crisis.

“Hello guys. We are looking for a housemate to share our lovely home,” the ad read.

“Only looking for single, one person for room. It’s a family house – me and my husband, two girls are living in the apartment. So we are looking for someone who doesn’t mind living with kids.”

Ella shared the ad on TikTok – as she highlighted the heartbreaking reality of the country’s housing market.

“No way, you can now rent a tent for $350 per week… it’s a sign of the time,” Ella claimed in her TikTok video.

“Your tent will be in the living room of a family’s apartment. Now they have two children and to sweeten the deal, you do get your own bathroom which is the shared bathroom of the apartment.

“This is a very sad indication of the environment we’re in.”

Struggles of homeowners

The buyer’s agent said she believed the family resorted to renting out a tent because they were facing a huge financial shock due to the rising interest rates.

“I’m assuming this family bought the apartment when interest rates were lower and now as interest rates have risen their mortgage repayments are higher,” Ella said.

“To get assistance with that they’re renting out their living room. And how else do you make a living room private but with a tent?

“This shows the struggles of being an Aussie homeowner right now paying a mortgage with these higher interest rates.”

Her video has been viewed more than 300,000 times – with many taking particular issue with the landlord for charging $350-a-week to live with her family-of-four.

The agent was stunned when she stumbled across the landlord’s listing of a ‘private room with own bathroom’.
The agent was stunned when she stumbled across the landlord’s listing of a ‘private room with own bathroom’. Credit: Ella Cas

“The issue here is charging $350 for a room in a house with a family with children! You couldn’t even pay me to do that,” one said.

Another suggested: “It’s hard for us renters too. Our rent went from $380 per week to $440 per week and we might have to live in a tent.”

One said: “Life is becoming a bit too sad right now.”

Another added: “The struggles of being a homeowner right now?! Imagine being a renter though, $350 a week for a tent is almost a good deal.”

However, not everyone was convinced with the “tent for rent” ad.

“The tent was probably in the photo because it’s probably one of the kids’ play area. I’ve seen play tents in ads before,” one suggested.

But another quickly pointed out: “Either way $350 a week for a room is insane. My parents are paying $370 a week for a house in the western suburbs.”

While one added: “It’s sad for tenants who might have to resort to this.”

Meanwhile, one joked: “I’m sorry but that’s funny. Hilarious that they’d even consider that.”

SOURCE: 7NEWS

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